Use law to aid communication culture

DTI minister Alan Johnson has called on personnel professionals, business
managers and employee representatives to work together to implement the new EU
directive on information and consultation.

Addressing the CIPD employment law and practice conference in London last
week, Johnson said he wanted to see a social partnership formed between these
groups so that information and consultation becomes part of the work culture in
this country.

The directive, which becomes law for companies with more than 150 employees
in three years time, will force employers to consult with staff over plans for
major changes to the business.

Johnson, the DTI employment relations minister, said, "It is up to
employers and employees to develop information and consultation channels that
suit them.

"We probably have the worst record on information and consultation in
Europe and it is important that it works this time. We can use this to change
the culture in this country."

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