Preparing for the election 2017
All the Parties have issued their 2017 Election Manifestos and the level of emphasis on
employment issues only serves to highlight the current political value of employment law to politicians, since the days of voluntarism in the post war years when employers were
encouraged to sort their own employee issues out.
In no particular order of merit:
The Conservative party has reiterated its key pledges regarding workers’ rights covering
amongst others; the minimum wage, care leave, no loss of EU protection post Brexit, gender
pay gap obligations to go further to include ethnicity.
The Labour party court favour with the uniting promise of 4 more bank/public holidays
covering the UK and all the Patron Saints and along with the Green Party they are calling for
a £10 rate for the minimum wage.
It looks as though most Parties will look at removing the pay cap for the Public Sector to
Labour and the Liberal Democrats are vowing to scrap tribunal fees and the abuse of Zero
hours’ contracts as well as employee representation at Board Level. This exceeds the report
stating that zero hours employees can request fixed hours.
Other promises (if elected) from the Parties cover apprenticeships, immigration, skills tax,
pensions, and Childcare. All of which means that employment issues will receive significant attention in the weeks leading up to the election and could challenge Brexit as the key election issue.
We all know that what politicians say in their manifesto does not always become legislation but we now have a clear picture of what our Political Parties believe are the key
employments issues facing both Employers and Employees alike.