Wednesday, 25 January 2017

May`s industrial strategy

The letter from your business editor, Elizabeth Anderson, claimed that May`s so-called "new industrial strategy is making all sectors of business happy" (May`s industrial strategy could be her moment, 24.01.17). There is, however, one sector, and many would argue the most important one, which will not be happy with the green paper, and that is, of course, the workers, without whom no business can exist, let alone prosper. A commitment to guarantee workers` rights, with pay high enough to avoid the need for state supplements, should have been included, alongside bosses being forced to adopt long-term strategies, including investment in training and technology. The fact that the paper mentioned "businesses" 346 times, but trade unions not once, speaks volumes. "Workers` party" indeed!

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