Labour’s jobs summit

January 12, 2009

The government is to offer firms a “golden handshake” of up to 2,500 pounds for every person they recruit who has been unemployed for more than six months. Total cost of the initiative is expected to be around 500 million pounds.

Unemployment in Britain rose to 1.86 million people in the three months to October, equal to six percent of the workforce and the highest rate since the three months to June 1999.


Some commentators forecast it could rise as high as three million by the end of the year.

Gordon Brown is hosting a jobs summit today, bringing employers, union leaders and sector representatives together to discuss how to tackle the growing problem of joblessness.

The Conservatives have called it yet another government announcement on jobs that is more spin than substance and the employers group the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) say the only answer is to get the banks lending to firms again. 

Do you think anything is likely to come of the jobs summit? What would you like to see the government do to protect employment?


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This is nothing more than a publicity stunt just like nearly everything about this and the previous administration.Blair and Brown have caused serious damage to this country and it amazes me that more people don’t understand this.

Posted by JD MILLER | Report as abusive

1. No. 2. To lose the next election by the biggest margin in history and remain out of office for at least 30 years would be a start I suppose.

Posted by Matthew | Report as abusive

Yet another Sound Bite. How will paying companies a couple of thousand pounds improve things, taking someone one is more than just a payment from the government. Not only that if a business is losing customers, turnover, etc the last thing on its mind is going to be to increase direct costs.

If they really want to encourage business they should lower employer taxes, NI, abolish the empty office tax, reduce corporation tax. I could go on but really what is the point, this government has seriously lost the plot and by the time we can vote them out the country will be on its knee’s.

Did’nt the queen used to be able to force a government to the polls?

Posted by Shaun | Report as abusive

The shine has gone from appeals to the government to do anything at all. Instead, over the weekend, rail union leader Bob Crow and Brian Paton of the Prison Officers Association launched a call for a mass campaign for a new People’s Charter echoing the spirit of the great struggle for representation and political power waged by the 19th century Chartist movement.

For more details see unions-call-for-new-peoples.html

Here’s how a new charter could read:

We the undersigned believe that the existing system of government fails to represent the interests of the vast majority of people and is democratic in name only. Instead, the state’s primary purpose is to promote business interests at the expense of ordinary working people.

Under these conditions, our hard-won right to vote is undermined and the mass of people are effectively disenfranchised. As the global financial and economic disaster deepens, we refuse to pay for the crisis of capitalism through mass unemployment, repossession of homes, loss of pensions, tax and price rises and cuts in spending on vital services.

We therefore support the campaign for a republican Britain based on a written constitution that would:

– end the rule of political elites and bureaucracies and instead create new local, regional and national Assemblies, representing diverse communities and workplaces
– extend democracy through co-operative forms of ownership and workplace control of major corporations, enterprises and services
– establish social rights to housing, education, health, transport, training, employment, pensions and care in older age
– guarantee basic human rights to organise, strike, speak and act free from state surveillance and interference
safeguard the civil and religious rights of minority communities and adopt a “no borders” approach to refugees and asylum seekers
– eliminate speculation and profit as the basis for society, ensuring that both ecological care and basic human needs shape production, consumption and lifestyles.

We will initiate, encourage and support all actions such as campaigns to stop repossessions, occupations of threatened workplaces and the rejection of higher fuel and transport charges.

To this end, we will work to establish local and national Conventions for Democracy to build support for the transfer of political and economic power to the majority.

click here to sign up : 1C.html

Posted by Gerry Gold | Report as abusive

The above charter is food for thought. I really enjoy A World To Win’s views and they help me to see a much bigger picture than the BBC news does for example.

Posted by Dylan Strain | Report as abusive

A “People’s Charter”, eh?

It’s this kind of gibberish that brought us to the mess we’re now in. Thank God the likes of Crow and Paton are now nothing but a lunatic fringe clinging to an obsolete and malevolent creed responsible for bringing misery to millions. I wonder which of this fine pair see themselves as “The Great Leader” in their “People’s Republic”?

As for NuLab’s “jobs summit”, the best thing they can do for the good of the country is to stop all new employment in the state sector and then call an election. Every month they stay in government increases the damage they have done and the effort that will be required to recover from it.

Posted by Andy | Report as abusive