Earlier today the Labour Party published their manifesto for the upcoming general election. While the document is over 120 pages long, we have highlighted the key parts of the manifesto of interest to recruiters.
Rights at work
Included in the manifesto is Labour’s 20 point plan for security and equality at work. Some of the proposals from this plan which will be of most interest to recruiters are:
There is a specific section on self-employment within the manifesto, and a number of proposals to address ‘bogus self-employment’, these include:
The manifesto includes a number of measures addressing taxation, the following will be of specific interest to recruiters:
In their section on immigration, Labour have committed that they will not have a net migration target. In addition they have committed to the following measures:
In the foreword to their manifesto they insist on the need for a jobs-first Brexit, putting our economy and living standards first. They further commit to:
What our view?
The REC supports appropriate legislation for protecting workers and addressing rogue providers who undercut compliant businesses. An update and streamlining of the current rules is something we have been calling for, together with more targeted enforcement. One of the best ways of ensuring clarity would be to ensure the whole recruitment supply chain is regulated under the Conduct Regulations.
We will continue to underline the fact that one of the drivers for flexible working patterns is individual choice and to ensure that policy makers do not conflate zero hour contracts with agency work. Any government should not limit people’s ability to work in different ways, but ensure they are making an informed choice.
We believe all workers, including temporary staff, must be treated fairly. The rights that agency workers are already entitled to are often misunderstood and we will continue to argue that the priority should be to ensure that existing regulations are effectively enforced rather than creating more legislation.
On immigration, we want to see a policy that creates prosperity and growth for the whole of the UK by supporting our dynamic, open and inclusive jobs market. We believe it is important for government to recognise that they will still need to access people from across the EU to fill vacancies for British clients when necessary. Our members also want clear directives from the government about the status of EU nationals currently working in the UK, and British people working in Europe, as soon as possible.
These are just some of the key arguments that we will continue to take forward in the run-up to the election and in our conversations with the next government. If you would like more information on how to get involved in our campaigning work, please email Richard.Sagar@rec.uk.com.