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Opinion: Cash for coffees and rights for shares

This morning I purchased a coffee. Not a very eventful start you might think, but if you’ll allow me, I’d like to dwell on the transaction. The deal with the establishment from which I purchased the coffee, was that in exchange for my ability to leave the store with their product, I had to exchange £3.50 for the privilege. In a functioning free market economy, such exchanges are made willingly by the buyer and seller alike. The key to this relationship is choice. Indeed, I had many choices – whether I needed the product, where to buy the coffee from and what price I …

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Liblink: Vince Cable – Complete nonsense to suggest reducing labour rights to beat the recession

In today’s Sun (scroll down), Vince Cable tears into those who would reduce labour rights to try to beat the recession:

Some people think that if labour rights were stripped down to the most basic minimum, employers would start hiring and the economy would soar again.

This is complete nonsense.

British workers are an asset, not just a cost for company bosses.

That is why I am so opposed to the ideological zealots who want to encourage British firms to fire at will. Those who want to shake up the law

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Vince Cable sets out employment law consultation to establish ‘culture of dialogue – not confrontation’

In a speech today to the Engineering Employers’ Federation in London, Business Secretary put forward a wide range of items for consultation aimed at reforming Employment Law. He said that the aim of the exercise is to change to:

A culture that establishes dialogue rather than confrontation as the norm between employers and employees. That trusts people to do the right thing rather than relying on regulation to deal with every single issue that arises. And that ensures businesses have the confidence to hire the talented and committed workforce they need in order to thrive.

There are well over a dozen …

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The Independent View: Labour is a puppet of the unions – Lib Dems must stand up for non-unionised workers

As a member of the Dutch liberal party the VVD who was studying in the UK during the last election, I was pleased that the Lib Dems formed a coalition with the Conservatives. Yet I feel that a strategy that distinguishes the party from Labour is just as important as one that distinguishes the Lib Dems from the Tories.

Instead of stressing coalition differences, the Lib Dems have the opportunity to show that they are a true alternative to Labour. The Lib Dems should stress that, unlike Labour, they protect ordinary workers by deregulating the labour market, and do not …

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Opinion: Tories advised to make it easy to fire people, for the sake of growth

The Telegraph reports today that a leaked paper advises the Government to consider changing the law to make it easier to dismiss ineffective workers without risk of being sued for unfair dismissal. The report’s author, Adrian Beecroft, a venture capitalist, apparently believes that Britain’s employment laws are a serious factor in affecting the success of companies and that freeing managers up from having to consider unfair dismissal claims would encourage growth. He claims:

The rules both make it difficult to prove that someone deserves to be dismissed, and demand a process for doing so which is so lengthy and

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