Over the last three week the Liberal Democrats, Labour and Conservative parties have held their political conferences in Brighton, Manchester and Birmingham. The events were attended by contractor group the PCG and the Recruitment and Employment Confederation, in order to promote issues relating to the UK’s flexible workforce.
The PCG and REC held a joint seminar during the Lib Dems conference in Brighton, entitled; ‘Encouraging Entrepreneurialism: Creating a flexible and freelance workforce.’ The REC also responded to the Lib Dems after their party speeches featured slightly contrasting messages about their support for flexible workers in the UK.
The Labour party conference in Manchester featured another freelancer event, attended by Tom Hadley of the REC as well as the Shadow Minister for Employment, Stephen Timms. This event included a discussion about how the government and freelancers can work mutually to aid the economy, with Mr Timms stating that the Labour party were keen to listen to initiatives which would benefit the UK’s flexible workforce.
At the last of the conferences, the Conservativces in Birmingham, the PCG and REC again hosted an event on the benefits of freelancing to entrepreneurialism. This event led backbencher Jacob Rees-Mogg to describe freelancers and contractors as “crucial to a vibrant economy”. Their event featured a lot of debate and criticism on policy making and how some regulations may ‘erode crucial flexibility within our labour market.’
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