Working for Full Employment by John Philpott

By John Philpott

Attracts upon contributions from skilled labour industry specialists and public coverage analysts. presents a readable and stimulating viewpoint on new how you can wrestle mass joblessness.

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Unfortunately, this leaves policy-makers with a problem. It is far from easy in a free market economy to persuade companies to behave differently. Exhortation through the Training and Enterprise Councils (TECs) may persuade more employers to become ‘Investors in People’ or participate in similar initiatives—but many employers still present a deaf ear. The Commission on Social Justice (CSJ) and the Labour Party have considered alternative routes—such as individual learning accounts, a ‘learning bank’ and a University of Industry—by which to promote the concept of skills through lifelong learning 16 JOHN PHILPOTT (CSJ 1994; Labour Party, June 1995).

Ormerod cites Japan as an example of a society which has been willing to bear the cost of a relatively inefficient private service sector providing jobs for lowproductivity people who in Britain and many other European Union countries would remain unemployed. Elsewhere, the same outcome has been achieved by way of the state acting as ‘employer of last resort’. As an alternative, Ormerod suggests that voluntary ‘work sharing’ linked to income sharing could perform a similar redistributive function and help Britain back to full employment.

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