Far, but not far enough

Work Study

ISSN: 0043-8022

Article publication date: 1 June 2000



(2000), "Far, but not far enough", Work Study, Vol. 49 No. 3. https://doi.org/10.1108/ws.2000.07949cab.004



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Far, but not far enough

Far, but not far enough

The Trades Union Congress (TUC) welcomed the recent third report of the Skills Task Force and its proposals for a mix of new measures to boost workforce learning. However, they remain concerned that the report does not go far enough in urging a new statutory framework to promote the steep change in performance needed. TUC general secretary, John Monks, said: "There is still a mountain to climb before the UK workforce becomes as highly skilled as workers in countries like Germany. The changes would start to narrow the gap, but without a new obligation on employers to invest in skills, the UK will still fall short of our international competitors. The proposal that the TUC, the CBI and the British Chambers of Commerce should put their heads together to draw up a statement of principles for how the UK training revolution is to proceed is a welcome endorsement of the value of partnership in the workplace." TUC deputy general secretary, Brendan Barber, was an adviser to the Skills Task Force, and TUC General Council members, Tony Dubbins (GPMU), John Edmonds (GMB) and Sir Ken Jackson (AEEU) were members.

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