The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development are urging the government to tackle a number of employment inequalities.
The CIPD has called on the government to consider a long-term workforce plan for the UK.
Their Manifesto for Good Work argues that politicians should “ensure the skills system and policies meet the varied needs of employers and for a revitalised approach to industrial strategy to boost productivity across all sectors of the economy.”
Says the new document, “The CIPD believes that a key foundation necessary to support this new vision for economic growth is a long-term workforce strategy for the UK. This manifesto sets out three core themes – Skilled Work, Healthy Work and Fair Work – that we believe should underpin this.”
They make a number of suggestions to improve employees’ life and wellbeing, including increasing “the protection of workers’ health and rights through the creation of a well-resourced single enforcement body (SEB). The SEB should have a strong focus on supporting and improving employer compliance with the law and raising overall employment standards.”
Employee mental health is also at the forefront of the recommendations. Discrimination at work should be couched within the Equality Act 2010, with a strong and clear enforcement body. “This could have capacity to proactively investigate complaints and require employers to take action or face enforcement activity and potentially fines or awards of compensation for non-compliance.”
They also point towards improving the power of the government’s Flexible Working Taskforce, which is intended to support and promote flexible working rights and legislation.
You can read the manifesto in full here.