Making the workforce scared does not help the economy grow.

Vince was decribed as a “socialist” by Beecroft, and has rightly opposed “no fault dismissals”

Two issues have come up in the last couple of week that starkly illustrate that the Liberal Democrats and the Tory right wing have very different views about how you treat the workforce.

They are the issues of Regional Pay, and the Beecroft Report.

I have never understood the argument for regional pay, apart from the London weighting, because London is so much more expensive to live than everywhere else.

Someone who empties bins in Burnage should get paid the same as someone emptying the bins in Bradford or Birmingham.

Last week, I met with senior North West Union officials from the TUC, NUT and Unison to discuss Regional Pay. We agreed that we would work together to oppose plans to introduce it for the north west, and I am glad Vince Cable and Nick Clegg have signalled their opposition too.

The Beecroft report is another example. I reject his plans for no fault dismissal, and urge the Government to do the same.

Giving companies more power to fire employees for no good reason as a way to strengthen the economy is an absurd idea. There is absolutely no evidence to back this theory up and the Government should not be taking it seriously.

Making the workforce scared does not help the economy grow. Better that we work with the workforce and focusing on getting businesses the capital they need and addressing the problem of frail demand.

2 responses to “Making the workforce scared does not help the economy grow.

  1. I still don’t know why the LD’s were so willing to work with the Con party. John: you’re a great MP so your job should be safe, but the next election might not show sufficient support for the coalition? Oh well: it was never going to be an easy job I guess!! All the best, W.

  2. I fully agree that the conservative’s attempts at imposing more “slavery” laws should be fully challenged. I have already come across a franchise operation which treats its workers in the most disgusting ways and makg life tough for young people trying to get on the property ladder, making them work 12 to 15 hours a day with no breaks whatsoever- apparently a 20 minute break (yes thats all!) that is required by lawif you work over 4 hours is ignored but who enforces this or checks that employers are not exploiting their staff? the answer is no one! Of course they have a high turnover of staff and mainly recruit eastern europeans as no one else is prepared to be treated like slaves. However, young people who leave this employer are discriminated against by the employment office as they have left voluntarily and therefore are not entitled to benefits for 3 months. A vicious circle. So the tories actually want to worsen the situation. If you are on benefits looking for a proper job, why would you want to go and work for a hire n fire employer? Any farmer will tell you that his pigs dont get fatter by scaring them.
    I also wholeheartedly agree with Wendy, why oh why did the LDs jump into bed with the tories,(and yes, i know all the arguments about needing a govmt and labour were not interested etc) it was always going to end in tears.

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