B1400 – Representation in the Workplace Bill 2018 (Second Reading)Watch
To fix this, you could have: (2) A full time worker shall be deemed one who works an average of 37 hours per week, and; (4) Nearly full time means any worker who on average over the previous month has worked the equivalent of 22.5 hours per week.
As for the rest of it, I appreciate the effort made with amending to limit Council sizes to 10% of the workforce, but this could still be massive numbers. If a company has 2,000 employees then they could have 200 delegates which is huge. If we use Greggs as an example (20,000 employees), the workers could create a council of up to 2,000 workers. This seems to be unmanageable to me, especially since the Council as a whole can engage in collective bargaining.
I also still fundamentally disagree with paying workers to engage in such activities. As I said before, if they want to do so then fine, but they should do so in their own time.
I cannot support this bill.
First of all, why should an employee have a say in the running of a business, where they hold no managerial position and have had no involvement in the start-up of it? Why should an employee of a business have a say in major decision making that can have great impact on the business itself, that could potentially lead to it no longer operating?
The limitation of delegates to 10% of the workforce can still be a problem for large business, small businesses included. If a business were to have 5000 employees, 500 of them would be a member of the Worker's Council. In my opinion, that is too much for a business to manage, especially for when the time arrives for these delegates to make a critical decision in a short time-frame. To me, it seems as this proposition gives more control to the council that they should have, posing a threat to a business owner and potentially giving the council the capability of overruling and taking advantage of said business owner. This could also open the risks of corruption within the Worker's Council, with the formation of small posse's that would be bargaining for their own personal interests.
Are there any statistics to suggest the effectiveness of works councils in Germany, France, Belgium, Spain, Holland or Luxembourg? Are there statistics on whether there is an increase or decrease in productivity in the workplace? Are there any risks that pose to the formation of a works council e.g. a lack of interest from employees, lack of suitable candidates for membership?
I can definitely acknowledge that if employees of a business were to be heard on what they deem to be fair pay and the type of benefits they would like to receive, it could possibly lead to more motivation and enthusiasm in the workplace. But, in all honesty, if a business wants to attract more workers then it is them that should set competitive salaries and good benefit packages. This bill in my opinion has many loopholes and takes the advisory aspect for the voice of the employee from the council and turns them into a board of directors, giving them more control than they should have.