The 2015 General Election is upon us and the next government, whatever its colour, will have to make a number of decisions on the legislative agenda for the next five years. The past year has seen the record broken for the most people in work at any point in the UK's history and therefore there has never been a more important time for politicians to keep pace with the rapidly changing world of work. With this in mind the CIPD have called upon the next government to enact a set of policies that will improve the nature of work and working lives for individuals, businesses and wider society.
Policy-makers will face a number of challenges over the next Parliamentary term, ranging from tackling the issue of youth unemployment to the continuing challenge of improving productivity. With this in mind the CIPD has released its own Manifesto for Work, which highlights the steps we feel should be taken in order to ensure that the UK remains competitive on the global stage. In this document we make a number of practical recommendations on how the next government can seek to capitalise on the opportunities and difficulties posed by the ever-changing nature of work in the UK.
We call on the next government to:
- take a long-term, people-focused approach to corporate governance
- support opportunities that enable young people to succeed in our labour market
- ensure a pensions framework through which workers can build a sustainable retirement
- make sure our welfare system rewards work
- protect the lowest paid in our society
- take a 'good practice' approach to employment regulation and policy
- support efforts to increase diversity and inclusion in the workplace.