The next government has to raise the public’s aspirations by developing world-class educational system and workplace learning capabilities, claims the Industrial Society’s manifesto.
It is also calling for the Government to foster a climate that creates and nurtures caring employers that are as concerned about the means as they are the profits. The manifesto, Making Work Better, wants a new Companies Act and improved information and consultation rights to further this.
The new government also needs to encourage workplaces that include rather than discriminate across the range of issues, including age, gender, disability and ethnic background. The manifesto calls for a Discrimination Commission which acts as a watchdog for all acts of discrimination.
Will Hutton, chief executive of the Industrial Society, said, “The central issue of work and the quality of work has failed to register on the radar screens during this election campaign.
“It follows that work should be considered, alongside education, health, crime and transport, as a key area we need to improve. In this election campaign it is the invisible issue.”