MAS Donation to Launchpad
Last week we donated several boxes of supplies to Launchpad in Reading, these included recyclable paper cups, bio degradable food containers and sandwich boxes etc. Our donation was much appreciated by the fantastic team there, who work hard to help the community of Reading and more. We hope our donation will come into good use for these coming colder months as well as our staff popping down to help with the SWEP (Severe Weather Emergency Provision) this year!
Visit the Launchpad website to see how you can help too! http://www.launchpadreading.org.uk/
Almost 30 Years of MAS Recruitment
We are approaching our 30 years in Recruitment in Reading! With this in mind we have some great news...
We have updated our website: www.masrecruitment.co.uk, to assist with our 30th anniversary celebrations, and we are looking for stories, testimonials and experiences with MAS Recruitment in addition to those on our testimonial pages including how we have performed over the last 30 years in order to publish an anniversary story book on 27th May 2019. We have for some people been their only source of employment throughout their working lives with many individuals coming back to MAS for both temporary and permanent work. We have had the sons and daughters of some workers come to us for assistance, as well as brothers, sisters, aunts and uncles.
We would really like to hear about how we may have been involved in your work life over the years. Please email and share your stories to email@example.com to be a part of our celebrations in 2019.
The World Bank thinks that there are too many regulations that protect workers
The World Bank is concerned that there are too many protections for workers and that this is threatening the future growth of the business world. It is calling for lower minimum wages and stronger powers for employers in a shake-up of the current labour laws.
Greater powers for employers
The World Bank wants employers to be able to hire and fire people more easily and to have the minimum wage lowered. This is all in a drive to enable businesses to hire workers at a lower cost with the main target being developing countries.
Trade Unions are shocked at the suggestions, which would decrease the rights of workers and reduce salaries. Workers would be adversely affected by the new proposals by the shared prosperity agenda set out by the bank’s president, Jim Yong Kim.
These future proposals by the bank would mean employers would not need to contribute to social security and that they would be free to pay the lowest wages possible. The employer would also be able to fire people with ease and with little recourse for the worker. Unions would also have diminished powers.
Lower minimum wages
Workers would have very few rights in the new world envisioned by the World Bank as people could be fired quickly and paid low wages. The opt-out of minimum wages would apply if a company offered a profit-sharing scheme.
Critics point out that this would mean that people would be more easily exploited, forced to take poorly paid jobs and possibly unable to afford basic necessities. It would also mean prejudices and unfair dismissals could increase unchecked, as companies could hire and fire on a whim.
Protection against robots and AI
However, the World Bank says that its ideas are to make employees more competitive and thus more attractive to companies in the face of increasing technology use. If employees continue to be expensive to hire and to keep on with high wages and employment rights, companies would be more likely to favour robots and AI.
Another area of interest for the World Bank are zero-hour contracts, which have come under severe criticism in the UK over the past few years. The World Bank is keen to look at increasing the number of working relationships that are not traditional employee/employer relationships with the aim of decreasing the overall cost of labour to a business.
The World Bank’s hypothesis is that increasing numbers of zero-hour contracts would produce a more dynamic labour market as part of an overall programme of deregulation of the labour market. Although critics state that this would result in wide-spread lowering of workers’ incomes, the World Bank insists that this would be off-set by a basic level of social insurance that would be paid for by ‘regressive consumption taxes’.