An almost total rejection of Osborne’s plan to cut workers’ rights – FROM EMPLOYERS

5th December, 2012 11:01 am

A plan to cut workers’ rights was the centrepiece of George Osborne’s conference speech, and is expected to feature heavily in today’s Autumn Statement “with some small adjustments”. The Guardian reports:

Osborne had proposed new employees be exempt from unfair dismissal rights, redundancy pay and the right to request flexible working, and in return they would receive shares in a company between £2,000 and £50,000 exempt from capital gains tax. Access to maternity rights would also be curtailed.

The report of a 33-week consultation undertaken by the business department on his proposal states “a very small number of responses welcomed the scheme and suggested they would be interested in taking it up”.

The number of businesses who fully backed the scheme was less than 5 out of a total of 209 consulted. Lets take a look at how those numbers compare:

And now let’s take a look at the percentage of businesses who thought taking away workers’ right would have a positive impact, compared to the percentage who thought it would have little or no impact:

And yet George Osborne is still expected to announce this scheme today.

It’s ideological, it’s about taking away your rights, it’s got nothing to do with what businesses want.

Latest

  • News Andy Burnham pledges to “fight nationalism”

    Andy Burnham pledges to “fight nationalism”

    Andy Burnham has pledged to “fight nationalism” if he is elected leader on 12th September. The leadership candidate will tomorrow give a speech at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), in which he will argue against the rise of nationalist politics, which he will say is leaving the world ‘fragmented, more divided and less secure’. Burnham will criticise Labour for being “too weak” in standing up to nationalism, and outline his commitment to internationalism. “I consider myself British, before I’m […]

    Read more →
  • News “Solidarity” will keep Labour together through tough times, says Chuka Umunna

    “Solidarity” will keep Labour together through tough times, says Chuka Umunna

    New Labour should have done more to challenge the right wing assumptions about the world, according to Chuka Umunna. In a speech to the Policy Network in Amsterdam this evening, the Shadow Business Secretary will also say that the Labour value of solidarity will hold the party together no matter who wins the leadership contest. Umunna has been accused of organising a “resistance” group in the Parliamentary Labour Party to fight against Jeremy Corbyn, should the Islington North MP be […]

    Read more →
  • News Corbyn proposes creating a Cabinet Committee to ensure publicly funded arts sector

    Corbyn proposes creating a Cabinet Committee to ensure publicly funded arts sector

      Jeremy Corbyn has announced that he will create a Cabinet Committee for the arts and creative industries to ensure there is a publicly funded arts, culture and heritage sector.   The leadership candidate has argued that this committee would make sure that arts policy-making is more effective as ministers would be brought together from across different departments. “If elected Labour leader, I pledge to work alongside the creative industries to support, develop, and collectively achieve a culturally rich, more […]

    Read more →
  • Featured News Weekly survey: favourite Labour leader, House of Lords and David Cameron’s successor

    Weekly survey: favourite Labour leader, House of Lords and David Cameron’s successor

    In just under two weeks we will find out who Labour’s next leader will be. There’s been plenty of discussion about who’s the best person to succeed Ed Miliband, so we thought it was a good time to give our readers a brief reprieve from talking about the current contest. Instead, we want to take a look back at Labour’s past and find out who your favourite Labour leader is. Is Keir Hardie your top choice? How about J.R. Clynes […]

    Read more →
  • Comment Forget left or right, it’s national identity Labour just doesn’t get

    Forget left or right, it’s national identity Labour just doesn’t get

    Patriotism and the left are uneasy bedfellows. For the party of devolution, it seems odd that this should be the case. Yet, if Labour’s bungled response to the rise of UKIP and Scottish nationalism betrays anything, it’s the Westminster prejudice that questions of national identity need be placated with legislation alone. Labour’s routing in Scotland was never retribution for Gordon Brown’s brave defence of both his Scottish and British identities. But it almost certainly was a comprehensive two fingers to […]

    Read more →
Share with your friends










Submit