RESERVE troops called up to fight on the front line could be sacked by their employers under Government plans to reduce workers’ rights.
Job protection for Territorial Army soldiers sent to war is set to be scrapped after David Cameron described it as “red tape”.
The move was dubbed a “disgrace” yesterday by Shadow Defence Secretary Jim Murphy.
He said: “It is extraordinary that ministers consider this vital legislation as red tape. You can’t sack our heroes behind their backs.”
Military commanders have relied heavily on reservists – with 17,000 called up to serve overseas, most in Afghanistan and Iraq, since 2003.
And employers are barred by law from sacking them but that is under threat from the Tories’ “red tape challenge”, which invites bosses to say which laws they want scrapped.
The Reserve Forces are top of the hit list after the PM wrote to ministers warning: “We have inherited too much costly, pointless and illiberal government red tape.”
Ministers have already been shamed into a U-turn over the military covenant for frontline troops and their families. It is finally being enshrined in law after a Royal British Legion campaign and the threat of a Tory rebellion.