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CIPD launch 'Manifesto for Work' ahead of UK general election

Sat, May 20th, 2017

CIPD launches ‘Manifesto for Work’ ahead of UK general election

The CIPD has launched a ‘Manifesto for Work’, which urges the next Government to put ‘good work’ at the heart of its thinking in order to improve the economy, boost individual welfare and prosperity - creating the conditions for good work in organisations across the country. The manifesto contains a package of reforms including pay ratios, more rights for zero-hours workers and increased investment in skills and training, which aim to address the systemic problems in the UK economy by focusing on the positive influence the world of work can have on productivity and well-being.

Peter Cheese, Chief Executive of the CIPD said:“the world of work and the notion of ‘good work’ must be at the heart of the next Government’s thinking in order to improve trust in business, accelerate economic growth and improve outcomes for Britain’s workforce.The key to building better businesses, and a better economy, is dealing with the long-standing challenges that have led us to a point where pay is stagnating, trust in business is declining and there is falling investment in skills. We can only solve these challenges by investing in people through skills and training, reforming corporate governance to improve public trust and increasing diversity in our workplaces. This election should be about the future of work, and it is vital that the next Government puts the workplace at the heart of its agenda.”

The CIPD ‘Manifesto for Work’ includes a call for:

  • a pilot of revised Individual Learning Accounts, designed to encourage people to invest in their own lifelong learning, in collaboration with their employer
  • a new voluntary target for 20% of FTSE 350 board level executive directors to be women by 2020 as a stepping stone towards achieving equal gender representation on boards by 2030
  • legislation to allow workers on zero-hours contracts to request a minimum number of hours after 12 months of employment
  • voluntary human capital reporting standards to encourage more publicly listed companies to provide better information on how they invest in, lead and manage their workforce for the long term
  • widening out the Apprenticeship Levy into a broader training levy to make it more flexible to employers’ skills development requirements.