Our manifesto moves work to top of agenda

May 12, 2021 0 Comments

first_imgJohn Prescott’s left jab has made most news, with Oliver Letwin’sdisappearance after “aspiring” to £20bn of tax cuts the prime policygaffe. Tony Blair has hinted darkly at a new radicalism about public servicedelivery, but otherwise the election has not added much to our stock ofknowledge. Whether education or crime, the issues are tediously familiar. Andif we were hoping that work might be talked about, think again. It is this omission that has prompted our own small effort to make an impacton the agenda. The Industrial Society’s manifesto, published last week, takesmaking work better as its theme. The quality of work should be a centralelection issue, together with health, education and taxation. Work is, ofcourse, a source of income; but it is also where we act on the world, the routeto our personal development and the site of many of our most important socialinteractions. How work is organised is thus of fundamental importance to everycitizen. Better work, increased economic competitiveness, higher levels ofproductivity and more and better jobs all go hand-in-hand. Yet the British workbadly. Our productivity is too low. We use our time inefficiently and uncreatively.Too many of our companies do not husband or respect their human resources aswell as they could, nor accept that it increasingly matters how a pound ofprofit is made. Inequalities in the treatment of women, older workers andethnic minorities disfigure too many British workplaces. Our skills areinadequate. Unemployment and under-employment, despite the strides made, remaintoo high and are too frequently concentrated in increasingly detached ghettosin our major towns and cities. Work that is voluntary, community-based or inthe home is deemed valueless. So what do we want the new Government to do? A list of our specific, detailed recommendations can be found in ourmanifesto (www.indsoc.co.uk) but, in essence, the new Government needs to do threefundamental things. First, to raise people’s aspirations by developingworld-class primary, secondary, tertiary and workplace education and learningcapabilities. Second, it needs to encourage a climate that creates and nurturesthe “just companies” that care about the how as much as the how muchwhen it comes to profits – and our ideas range from a new companies act toimproved information and consultation procedures. Finally, the new Government needs to encourage workplaces that includerather than discriminate across the range of issues – age, gender, disability,ethnic background. There is a case for a standing Discrimination Commission, awatchdog for all acts of discrimination. The message on work is that quality is as important as quantity. We needmore employment, but also meaningful employment. The two must go hand in hand. ByWill HuttonChief executive, the Industrial Society Our manifesto moves work to top of agendaOn 30 May 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. last_img read more