Union predicts death of manufacturing industry

first_imgRelated posts: Features list 2021 – submitting content to Personnel TodayOn this page you will find details of how to submit content to Personnel Today. We do not publish a… Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. center_img Union predicts death of manufacturing industryOn 7 Oct 2003 in Manufacturing, Personnel Today The Government must appoint a minister for manufacturing and force employersto invest more in staff or the manufacturing industry won’t survive, a majortrade union has warned. A report by Amicus has called for a range of cultural and political reformsto tackle chronic skills shortages, low productivity and falling investment inthe manufacturing sector. The union predicts that manufacturing may not even survive in the UK unlessthe Government introduces stronger employment protection and encourages moreinvestment in staff and production processes. Amicus general secretary Derek Simpson, said productivity was the key issue,and that improvements could be gleaned through more employee consultation, andby developing the modern apprenticeship scheme. “If Britain is to retain its manufacturing base, there have to befundamental changes in the way business operates,” he said. “It’s time the Government got tough with employers and called for anend to the investment strike.” The report claimed that both Germany and France enjoy better productivitythan the UK because of stronger employment legislation in Europe. It said the situation in UK manufacturing was compounded by the fact that italso lags behind its main international rivals in terms of output, employmentand investment. David Yeandle, deputy director of employment policy at the EngineeringEmployers’ Federation (EEF) said the lack of investment was caused by cripplingincreases to national insurance, the climate-change levy and liabilityinsurance. “We share many of the concerns, but it’s unfair to lay the blame at thedoor of employers when they are facing a whole raft of extra costs,” hesaid. “UK manufacturing does face some immense challenges, and it is down toGovernment, employers and the trade unions to address these key issues in aspirit of partnership.” By Ross Wighamlast_img read more