The controversial employment report commissioned by David Cameron and prepared by Adrian Beechcroft has hit the headlines again. The contents, of course, were leaked to the Telegraph last November, but it was published earlier this week.
The crux of the report is that Beechcroft recommends making it easier for employers to sack staff that they don’t like. Labour have rightly dubbed it ‘fire at will’.
Again, a Business Minister was wheeled out to explain that these measures are necessary. With the threat of global competition, employees must surrender their rights or the UK economy is sunk.
It’s hardly an Olympian attitude to global competition. Can you imagine this kind of sports psychology at the Olympic village?
“In 2012, Olympians, we’re not going to out-perform the competition by pushing ourselves harder and creatively excelling. No we won’t. We’ll do the same thing we’ve always done, but we’ll get rid of anyone in the athletics team we don’t like the look of. Working with people we don’t like is toxic for Olympic success. ”
And that’s what this report comes down to – blame someone else and use it as an excuse to make questionable employment reforms. The problem with this business model, of course, it that you have to keep finding people to blame and employee scapegoats to “take one for the team”.
Where will it end? I have a feeling it ends with us fighting amongst ourselves whilst other, wiser countries take to the podium for their bronze, silver and gold.