Whilst his advisors were calling the Tory plans to cut workers’ rights “bonkers”, Vince Cable was penning a piece for today’s Sun in which he says:
Britain has a great workforce: hard working, flexible and loyal.
They are the ones, as well as entrepreneurs and small businesses, who will get the country moving again…
Some people think that if labour rights were stripped down to the most basic minimum, employers would start hiring and the economy would soar again.
This is complete nonsense.
British workers are an asset, not just a cost for company bosses.
That is why I am so opposed to the ideological zealots who want to encourage British firms to fire at will. Those who want to shake up the law need to realise that the days in the 70s and 80s when the unions ruled the roost have long since gone.
I talk to big and small businesses every day and none of them tell me that their biggest obstacle to employment and growth is troublesome workers who they can’t get rid of. On the contrary, private sector bosses have created 625,000 new jobs since this Government came in.
When Brits are putting in three-day shifts, the last thing government should do is put the fear of God into them that they can be fired on the spot.
UPDATE: And by the end of the day, it most definitely looks like the Liberal Democrats and workers are winning on this one…