Employers put demands to UK’s next government

first_imgEmployers put demands to UK’s next governmentOn 22 May 2001 in Personnel Today Cuttingred tape, equal rights and learning dominate employers’ bodies manifestosCIPDThe CIPD is calling on the next government to hold a review on employmentlegislation Thereis too much, it is too detailed and it gets in the way of effective,entrepreneurial management, claims the representative body. It believes thatusing further layers of regulation to influence change within business is notan effective route.TheCIPD also wants the Government to place the contribution of people managementto productivity much higher up the political agenda. Itclaims the HR profession has been given too little attention, and the directlink between people management practices and productivity should be recognised.Theinstitute also wants the next government to stop treating workplace trainingand development as a poor relation. It says effective training characteriseshigh-performing organisations and it wants a greater focus on that. www.cipd.co.ukEmployersForum On AgeThe Employers Forum on Age demands that the next government must remove theage bars in its job creation, training and pay initiativesTheEFA’s manifesto, End Ageism in Employment, also calls for exemplary policies onage in the public sector to persuade private sector employers to adopt bestpractice.EFAcampaign director Sam Mercer said, “It doesn’t make sense for theGovernment to perpetuate discriminatory practice by imposing arbitrary age barson access to training and employment programmes. If we are to encourageemployers to disregard age and concentrate on ability, the Government mustensure its initiatives – from the New Deal to the Minimum Wage – do notdisadvantage individuals simply due to their age.”TheEFA is also calling for the development of age legislation and a campaign tochallenge age stereotypes in employment.Themanifesto states that the age discrimination laws to be introduced by 2006 mustbe workable, with clear guidance to ensure employers understand when a decisionmay be unlawful.Itwants greater flexibility and choice over retirement to address skillshortages, pressure on pension funds and poverty in retirement.Employmentlaws must be reviewed to identify discrimination on age and efforts must bemade to raise employer awareness of the business benefits of employing andtraining people of all ages.www.efa.org.ukEqualOpportunities CommissionThe Equal Opportunities Commission wants all the political parties toembrace equality in their election campaignsJulieMellor, chairwoman of the EOC, claims legislative reform is needed to root outsex discrimination. “This government has acknowledged that women are wage earnersas well as mothers, and that men are fathers as well as breadwinners,” shesaid.”Butuntil action is taken to ensure policy reflects that reality, then women willcontinue to be concentrated in part-time, low-paid jobs, and men will remaintrapped in the long-hours working culture.”TheEOC wants the next government to strengthen the Equal Pay Act, requiringemployers to demonstrate that their pay systems are free of gender bias.Italso wants new parents to be given a legal right to reduce their working hours,as long as this will not damage their employer’s business.Melloralso calls for a change in the law to allow political parties to use measuressuch as twinning and quotas in the selection of their candidates, and feelspublic bodies should have a duty to promote sexual equality.Shewants inclusive and consistent legislation that offers the same protectionagainst discrimination on grounds of age, religion and sexual orientation asare currently in force on grounds of sex, race and disability.www.eoc.org.ukCBIThe CBI’s wide-ranging manifesto demands closer links between business andeducationItwants a campaign launched to address the skills of adults, particularly thelong-term unemployed. “Business is convinced the Government mustconcentrate on getting the foundations for lifelong learning right,”claims the manifesto, called Towards 2010.Itcontinues, “The Government should facilitate involvement with education atall levels. “Whilelinks with schools are already strong, business must have real influence in thenew Learning and Skills Councils, and links between higher education andbusiness must be strengthened.” Themanifesto also calls for the implementation of the fixed-term workers’ directive,and further reform of the employment tribunal system to improve its efficiency.It does not want any further employment relations legislation. Otherissues include allowing older employees to withdraw pensions while workingpart-time and to implement the stakeholder pension scheme with a “lighttouch”.www.cbi.org.ukIODThe Institute of Directors calls for a reduction in the tax burden to allowowners and managers to increase investmentTheIoD’s policy paper, A Framework for Competitiveness, states lower tax rateswould encourage entrepreneurs to set up and develop their own firms and help toattract overseas investment in the UK.Italso highlights the need to cut the amount of red tape facing employers andstresses that new regulation should be introduced as a last resort. TheIoD believes ministers should be under a duty to consider alternatives toregulation such as codes of conduct, before introducing additional legislation.Themanifesto states that guidelines to regulations for employers should besuccinct and greater use of “sunset clauses” should be made so thatunless regulations are renewed they will cease to apply at a set date.TheIoD wants the Government to give employment tribunals greater freedom inawarding costs to those employers who are exonerated at hearings in order tocompensate them for legal expenses they might have incurred when defendingcases.www.iod.co.ukInstituteof ManagementThe Institute of Management is calling on politicians to develop a cultureof lifelong learningLaunchingits Managers’ Manifesto on National Learning at Work Day last week, theinstitute claimed that managers wanted to be more involved in the new organisationsthat are responsible for delivering the National Skills Agenda.MaryChapman, director general of the institute, said, “Whichever party formsthe next administration, it needs to build on what has already been done andfoster a culture of lifelong learning in the UK.”Itis only by investing in the continuous improvement of skills, knowledge andlearning that we can ensure the UK’s long-term prosperity and competitiveness.”Themanifesto also calls for a reduction in red tape and a commitment to tacklingpayroll compliance costs. Chapman urged the next government to be more openover the single currency and to address social responsibility through reviewingcompany law and introducing reporting requirements.www.inst-mgt.org.ukEngineeringBodiesThefour largest engineering trade bodies in the UK have called for a halt to theflow of employment lawIntheir manifesto, UK Manufacturing: The Future, the Engineering EmployersFederation, the Society of British Aerospace Companies, the UK SteelAssociation and the Machine Tools Technologies Association want the Governmentto stem the rising tide of litigation costs by not introducing more red tape.DavidYeandle, deputy director of the EEF, is also calling for the EU to developflexible labour markets to promote the movement of workers across borders. Themanifesto argues that issues such as work-life balance and consultation shouldnot prompt further regulation. Italso wants employers to be fully compensated for administering maternity payand parental leave on behalf of the state. Thefour bodies are demanding Government funding for vocational programmes to allowyoung people to develop crafts and technical skills, and tackle the skillsshortages in the sector. Otherpriorities include an incremental research and development tax credit for largefirms and a performance review of the of regional development agencies.www.eef.org.uk Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more