Industry is tied up in red tape

Manufacturers are struggling under layers of bureaucracy despite government promises to reduce red tape for business, engineering bosses have claimed. This year, firms have to adopt the Working Time regulations, National Minimum Wage legislation, and the Fairness at Work Act. Gordon Scott, director of the Sheffield branch of the Engineering Employers’ Federation, said forthcoming legislation […]

Manufacturers are struggling under layers of bureaucracy despite government promises to reduce red tape for business, engineering bosses have claimed.

This year, firms have to adopt the Working Time regulations, National Minimum Wage legislation, and the Fairness at Work Act.

Gordon Scott, director of the Sheffield branch of the Engineering Employers’ Federation, said forthcoming legislation should be spread out, as opposed to the Government’s view of ‘getting it over and done with’ in one.

He said next year will be critical for manufacturers. ‘The EEF has forecast 100,000 job losses. This will be an extra burden on management.’

Scott’s plea came as the Federation for Small Businesses called for an amnesty on new regulations for 1999.