Competitive edge could go, says EEF

The Fairness at Work white paper risks ‘turning back the clock to the 1970s’ by forcing managers to spend too much time on industrial relations, the Engineering Employers’ Federation has warned. Manufacturers in Europe have their hands full preparing for the euro, and the white paper will make extra demands, particularly on smaller firms, the […]

The Fairness at Work white paper risks ‘turning back the clock to the 1970s’ by forcing managers to spend too much time on industrial relations, the Engineering Employers’ Federation has warned.

Manufacturers in Europe have their hands full preparing for the euro, and the white paper will make extra demands, particularly on smaller firms, the EEF said last week. ‘Managers will have less time to spend on managing business,’ said the federation’s employment affairs head David Yeandle.

The long consultation period before the white paper is turned into law, combined with the move to the euro, means continued uncertainty for UK business.

EEF director-general Graham Mackenzie said the EEF supported the principle of fairness at work but was concerned that the white paper and plans to introduce the EU’s working time rules could ‘severely prejudice the UK’s competitive position’.

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