Vote for us – and we’ll cut red tape

first_imgIt’selection time and, guess what, all the main political parties have come overall employer-friendly. The Government is going to cut red tape, according toits manifesto. Don’tlaugh – they are promising to look at the possibility of introducing sunsetclauses on legislation, allowing regulations to fall off the statute book oncethey cease being useful. And they promise to use secondary legislation to cutback on regulations. Employerswould be feeling a lot more reassured by this if Labour’s track record onconsultation over regulations was better and if the legislation introduced intheir first term had been well drafted and simple to implement. They will alsobe wondering how a Labour Government will cut red tape while the party iscommitted to introducing new regulations on ageism, staff consultation andparents at work. TheTories and Liberal Democrats are also promising to cut red tape and to put astop to unnecessary EU directives. The Tories are ploughing a distinctive pathby dismissing work-life balance practices as politically correct claptrap. Andall the parties are going to boost spending on educating the UK’s notoriouslyunskilled workforce, although only the LibDems have any explanation of wherethey will get the money from. The Tories’ spending plans would be a bit morebelievable if they actually put some costs to them.Itis reassuring that all the parties have got the message that employers have hadenough of red tape, However, HR professionals will make up their own minds asto how credible their commitment to deregulation really is. Don’t botherreading the manifestos for a clue to the answer – it’s too vague to draw anyconclusions. Vote for us – and we’ll cut red tapeOn 22 May 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img

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