CIPD launches Manifesto for Work ahead of general election

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has launched a Manifesto for Work, urging the next government to focus on the future of work and make the workplace the heart of its agenda.

The manifesto contains a number of proposals, which include greater investment in skills and training, increasing employer rights and publishing pay ratios to help build a better economy.

Investment

The manifesto calls for improvements across a number of areas, including investment in skills, diversity in the workplace and helping workers to learn more about employee rights.

The CIPD proposes that people are encouraged to invest in their own lifelong learning and collaborate with their employer through the introduction of revised individual Learning Accounts.

The manifesto is also for calling for 20 per cent of FTSE 350 board-level executive directors to be female by 2020, and for workers that are on zero-hours contracts to be able to ask for a minimum number of hours after they have been in employment for 12 months.

The CIPD is also urging the government to focus on employee rights, calling for a Know Your Rights campaign that would help people with different employment statuses to gain knowledge of their rights and entitlements in the workplace.

Trust

According to CIPD Chief Executive Peter Cheese, dealing with the longstanding challenges that have resulted in pay stagnating, trust in business declining and a falling investment in skills is crucial to building a better economy.

He added that these challenges can only be solved by investing in people through skills and training, reforming corporate governance to improve the public’s trust and increasing diversity in the workplace.

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