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REC responds to Ed Milibands speech at the TUC conference

REC responds to Ed Miliband’s speech at the TUC conference

Commenting on Ed Miliband’s speech at TUC today, REC CEO Kevin Green said: “The Labour Party’s aggressive stance against flexible working would lead to a system where both employers and workers lose out.  The REC’s Flexible Work Commission found that there was a clear demand from a variety of people who want to work part time, self-employed or flex their hours. Further, employers should not be forced to shy away from using agency workers through fear of being viewed as exploitative.  

“Instead of looking to increase the burden of regulation within the jobs market, the Labour Party needs to address the long term issues that are holding back our economy.  The education system is not adequately preparing young people for the world of work and the desire to progress needs to become the norm.”

He added “Ed Miliband’s proposals on zero hours contracts go too far.  There is nothing inherently wrong with them and the last thing we need is more regulation, which adds cost and complexity to employment.”

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