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Reactions To The Government's Response To The Taylor Review Of Modern Working Practices
Neil Carberry, CBI Managing Director for People and Infrastructure, said:

“Matthew Taylor’s review rightly recognised that flexibility is vital to the UK’s successful labour market, which is a mainstay of our economy.

“Business agrees with the government that flexibility and fairness must go hand in hand, and it is right to review rules to ensure they are fit for the 21st century – this also forms a key part of the industrial strategy.

“Firms will be keen to play their part in promoting greater awareness of employee rights, such as shared parental leave and flexible working, which will improve diversity and, therefore, productivity.

“Similarly, responsible businesses back strong enforcement against the small number of firms whose poor practices tarnish the reputation of the vast majority that are a force for good.

“Business looks forward to working with the Government in the areas it has correctly identified for further careful consideration. It’s essential that changes to UK employment law promote entrepreneurship and maintain the flexibility that has created so many jobs.”

The CBI will update this statement after seeing the Government's full response.

Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said:

“This is a tiny step, but not the leap that is needed to ensure that millions of people in precarious work have the security of knowing from one week to the next whether they will be able to put food on the table and pay the bills.

“Giving people on zero hours contracts the right to ask for guaranteed hours will not stop bad bosses from exploiting workers. The government could and should take a leaf out of New Zealand’s book by banning them altogether.

“It is clear that the government still needs to accept that the best protection against worker abuse is strong enforcement coupled with strong trade unions. Ministers need to stop making it harder for us to do our job and accept too that the super-charging of low-wage, insecure work can be directly traced to the destructive deregulatory approach of the last 40 years.

“A strong economy and stable communities are not possible with a hire and fire workforce too frightened to take time off work to see a doctor as we tragically saw this week, or the Carillion workers left in limbo who after years of service get an email telling them they are sacked.

“The world of work is changing rapidly. But its insecurity is heightened because of bad behaviour by some powerful vested interests. It is right that the government looks at how we can support workers through these changes, but we also need direct action to construct an economy that works for all.”

TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:

“The government has taken a baby step – when it needed to take a giant leap.

“These plans won’t stop the hire and fire culture of zero-hours contracts or sham self-employment. And they will still leave 1.8 million workers excluded from key protections.

“Ministers need to up their game. At the very least they must end the Undercutters’ Charter that means agency workers can be paid less than permanent staff doing the same job."

Reactions To The Government's Response To The Taylor Review Of Modern Working Practices, 7th February 2018, 15:42 PM