Coalition, confusion and collision – the 3 Cs of modern government?

Tuesday, 20 November 2012 10:58

Just over a week ago, on the 13th November, Nick Clegg, Deputy Prime Minister, spent an uncomfortable ten minutes under the spotlight on BBC’s Radio 4. No it wasn’t the inimitable inquisitional interviewing of the Naughtie-Humphry pairing that made Nick sweat; it was Jane Garvey on Woman’s Hour who put him under the microscope.

Nick was show-boating the Coalition’s latest idea on promoting equality at work. The proposal that in 2015, after lengthy consultation, with industry, that is, men and women shall have the “right” to share maternity leave. He says “all employees will have the legal right to request flexible working to enable women to get back into the workplace”; this includes grandparents who work and may wish to support their daughters in advancing their careers by helping out “on a weekday morning, catching up later in the week”.

I cannot but wonder how this idea fits with the coalition’s current policy of removing the red tape that is apparently, according to some parts of the coalition and the Federation of Small businesses, strangling business and economic growth. Indeed Nick’s boss, only this week, placed Britain on a “war footing” vowing to remove the obstacles to economic progress(sic) much like the removal of the turf at the Olympic opening ceremony (maybe the symbolism of Boyle’s commentary has been lost on those in Government who were fortunate enough to attend that occasion).

How can an employee access flexibility when their likelihood of seeking remedy for refusal through the employment tribunal system is being systematically eroded by this coalition?



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