Working life under Labour

A new report by The Work Foundation makes an assessment of working life under Labour governments - 1997 to 2006.

The report is called 7 out of 10: Labour under Labour 1997-2007 and is written by Ian Brinkley, David Coats and Stephen Overell.

Overall, The Work Foundation justifies the favourable grading by suggesting it is "...due to its record in maintaining economic growth and low unemployment, while legislating for greater justice at work through valuable new rights for employees.

This balance is Labour’s ‘central achievement’ in the sphere of work..."

Some details (see press release) from the report include:

- Most new jobs created between 1997 and 2006 were permanent and full time

- The labour market has been re-regulated without any credible evidence of damage to economic performance or organisational effectiveness

- Many worthwhile reforms (from the national minimum wage, to flexible working rights, to information and consultation rights) have offered a means of redress for employees – but enforcement remains an issue.

It will be interesting to see what direction Labour will take from now on in relation putting pressure on recalcitrant employers.

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