The concept of unfair dismissal was introduced into our law by the Industrial Relations Act 1971 as a result of the International Labour Organisation’s Recommendation 119, which Britain accepted in 1964. The provisions within the Industrial Relations Act were the only ones to survive when the Labour government came into power in 1974 and were re-enacted in the Trade Union and Labour Relations Act of the same year. The present law relating to unfair dismissal is to be found in the Employment Rights Act 1996.
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