Election 2017: What Do the Liberal Democrats Say about Workers, Employment, and Recruitment?
Posted on Friday, May 26, 2017 by Getting Political — No comments
With the General Election a matter of days away, all of the main parties have now published a manifesto in full. Here at Love Success, we’ve taken a look at what Labour, the Conservatives, and the Liberal Democrats are proposing for the country over the next five years, focusing mainly on the areas of work, employment, and how new laws might affect London recruitment agencies and office support jobs.
We’ve taken a look at what the Conservatives and Labour parties are proposing – now it’s time to take a look at the Liberal Democrats’ manifesto pledges.
Maintaining worker’s rights
The Lib Dems have pledged to guarantee the rights of all EU nationals in the UK, including many of the employment rights they currently benefit from. They also recommend that any post-Brexit deal negotiated by the government should protect the right to work, travel, and study across EU countries for UK citizens.
In the UK, the Lib Dems want to bring workers’ rights up to date, modernizing them to ensure they’re fit for purpose in the ‘gig’ economy. Zero-hour contracts will be stamped out, and all employees will have a right to request fixed contracts and regular patterns of work.
Improving diversity has been a key pledge for the Lib Dems, with a policy to increase usage of name-blind recruitment processes throughout the public and private sectors. The party will also introduce a caveat to all public appointment shortlists that at least one candidate should be BAME.
The Lib Dems hope to double the number of businesses that hire apprentices, extending many existing schemes to the developing sectors of the UK economy, which mainly include the digital and creative industries. The policy will also ensure gender balance in many industries, as well as encouraging groups that are under-represented to apply for more apprenticeship roles.
Advanced apprenticeships will be introduced, with a ‘national skills strategy’ brought in to help train up workers for key sectors like low-carbon tech. The emphasis will be on creating high-quality apprenticeships, rather than simply creating positions to increase the numbers.
Helping people into work
The Lib Dems have also pledged to focus much of their energy on helping people back into work. Rather than making Jobcentres places of sanctions and benefits, they will turn them into training and support centres for those looking for employment. Access to Work, which supports disabled people in finding fulfilling work, will be expanded, and the same goes for the Individual Placement and Support programme, which works in a similar way for those with mental ill-health.
So that’s what the Lib Dems are proposing as part of their vision for the country. Take a look back at our other blogs covering the Conservative and Labour manifestos for the full picture.
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