Thursday, 11 October 2012

The Times publishes my letter: 'Osborne’s idea undermines hard-won rights'

Available online here (£).

Osborne’s idea undermines hard-won rights

Sir, By offering private sector employees tax-free shares in return for the surrender of basic employment rights the Chancellor is replacing what some feel is the “something for nothing” culture with a “money for your rights” alternative.

How long before the Government’s covenant with citizens is warped further by the offer of free social care in old age in exchange for the loss of free GP consultations, or a state pension cash bonus on retirement in exchange for working until 75, or free healthcare for children in return for a private insurance system for their parents?

A world in which people are bribed into forgoing long-fought-for rights and protections in exchange for financial benefits would be a Kafkaesque dystopia. That it is being considered by the Conservatives shows that their attempts at detoxification were little more than a cynical marketing campaign.

John Slinger
Chair, Pragmatic Radicalism, Rugby


4 comments:

  1. We can already receive a cash bonus for working past pension age. It's called pension deferral, and the payment can be taken as either an enhanced pension (1% for every 5 weeks deferred) or as a lump sum.

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  2. Osborne fancies himself as Mephistopheles. Hopefully, people will value their Rights and the souls of those who lived and bled and died for them, as worth a tad more than a few thousand quid and a place at the dodgy boss's table.

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  3. Osborne fancies himself as Mephistopheles. Hopefully, people will value their Rights and the souls of those who lived and bled and died to achieve them, as being worth more than a few thousand quid and a place at the dodgy boss's table.

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  4. You don't need to dilute workers rights to give people more/ better engagement in the workplace. Hundreds of companies across the UK and around the world have managed to combine employee ownership with staff engagement without the removal of basic workplace rights.

    And there is clear evidence that these more consultative and inclusive bodies out perform more traditional Plc's - showing better results and more long-term sustainability.

    So good to hear the Chancellor talking about employee ownership, just a shame that he doesn't seem to "get" that it isn't about trading rights for responsibilities. More here: http://bit.ly/xZgBFd; and info on EOB performance against Plc's here: http://bit.ly/UA125Z.

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