Labour Party Conference: Labour details public spending plans for the workplace

SPCIAL TO RECRUITER: There were plenty of attention-grabbing moments at Labour’s party conference beyond a leader’s speech that literally sparkled.

Sir Keir Starmer’s address gave more clues on direction and some detail. There was not only a ‘why Labour’ answer but a lot of pointers on ‘what Labour will do’.

The next stage will be a policy document, understood to be more than 100 pages long, which will be agreed by the party’s leadership. This will form the basis of Labour’s manifesto. But in the meantime, there’s plenty to consider.

Here are some key points with relevance to recruiters and HR.

Public sector recruitment

  • Stamp duty on overseas buyers to fund planning officers – one experienced officer in every local authority
  • Cut Whitehall consultancy spending in half over five years
  • A new GB energy will invest £1bn to develop local, renewable energy. Headquartered in Scotland it will be tasked with creating 50,000 jobs.

Workplace

  • Equal pay reforms with a new ‘single source test’.
  • A “cast iron guarantee” of a bill to ban zero-hours contracts
  • Repeal of anti-strike legislation
  • Menopause support will be rolled out. Initiatives already being run by public sector organisations such as police forces to support women going through the menopause will be widened across public sector organisations. It’s been cited as a key factor in women leaving mid-ranking and senior roles.

Equality
“We are committed to the social model of disability and the principles of co-production and independent living.”

Creative industries
‘Space to create teams’ will provide guidance, training, learning and networking for SME start-ups in sectors such as digital games design.

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