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Financial crisis leads to Conservative attack on workplace rights

12 Oct 2008, by in Economics, Labour market, Politics, Working Life

I thought this would happen just not so soon.  Those ‘compassionate conservatives’ are already using the threat of recession to argue for a reduction in workplace rights.  This is no backbench fundamentalist sounding off. It’s a major intervention by Mark Prisk who is, apparently, the Shadow Business Secretary and Chris Grayling, Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary.  Prisk, in…




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They Just Don’t Get It #3: Short-sighted managers

08 Oct 2008, by in Working Life

OK, so I can’t compete with Nigel’s nomination of Lord Jones for today’s ‘They just don’t get it’ award (see Nigel’s post below), but I think some of our more short-sighted managers earn themselves second place. Such short-sightedness is highlighted in a study released today by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. The CIPD tells us: “A new…




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A lurch towards common sense on working time

23 Sep 2008, by in Working Life

Yesterday the Labour Party Conference voted to end the UK’s individual opt-outs from the Working Time Directive. Predictably, the Daily Mail reported this as a ‘lurch to the left’ . It looks to me more like a lurch towards common sense. The 48 hour limit on average weekly working time is justified by a wealth of scientific…




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Getting our sums wrong!

19 Sep 2008, by in Economics, Working Life

Some have described the past week as the most turbulent for the financial system since the Great Depression. As that week closes, we must renew our focus on building a strong, sustainable economy. In particular, consideration of the needs of the ‘real’ economy, the industries that create the (real) wealth and provide the (real) jobs, is necessary. With that…




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Flexibilising inflexible bosses

09 Sep 2008, by in Working Life

The debate on flexible working and homeworking has been hotting up this week. The CBI’s Autumn Economic Statement, which was published on Monday, argues that there has been a huge increase in homeworking in recent years. However, according to the official Labour Force Survey, there has been some increase in the number of employees who can work from home…




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The CBI’s rose-tinted specs

08 Sep 2008, by in Labour market, Working Life

The CBI cannily time their annual labour market survey to the opening day of the TUC congress. Sometimes it’s what we in the communications trade call a spoiler – an attempt to muscle in on the natural media attention paid to the TUC (and of course sometimes the TUC does the same with the annual…




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