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Thursday 25 October 2012

Trade unions 'must alter their laws to reflect change in the workplace'

The rise in popularity of flexible working strategies around office spaces in the UK means that union laws must change and adapt.

Neil Carberry, the director of employment and skills at the Confederation of British Industry, gave this view when queried in a BBC Wake Up to Money podcast about what parts of the trade union laws are now outdated.

He explained that one of the main points to note about the current workplace compared to those seen a few decades ago are that they present a much less hierarchical structure and include a lot of people who carry out their jobs remotely.

"So lots of people have individualised flexible working arrangements these days [and this] means that people are looking for different deals from their employer whereas 30 years ago, if you think of the classic picture of industrial relations, all employees had roughly the same deal from their employer," Mr Carberry noted.

As a result of this, trade union laws need to be altered to reflect the shift in employment relationships, instead of only businesses themselves adapting to change.

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Source: The Sales Director News

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