måndag 25 februari 2008

Employment rights debate

The rights of part-time and women workers have come under scrutiny, with proposals for fresh legislation to give added protection.

Nobody seems to ask why it is that labour is nearly always negotiating from a position of weakness in the employment market, and consequently feels in need of protection. Nor are the wider implications of this protection understood - that it makes employers reluctant to employ.

Protective legislation does not address the underlying causes which leads to the exploitation of workers in the first place.

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