Ms Vera Baird is proud to announce that she wishes to see an end ‘to the outdated assumption’ that the notion that we work 40 hours a week for forty plus weeks over 40 plus years is the top career choice.
Politicians may be pleased to assume that having a full time job for life is an ‘outdated assumption’ – they have handsome retirement packages, long holidays, expenses packages to cover the basic cost of living, leaving their wages free to spend as they wish – but I don’t fancy her chances of convincing the little people who were happy to toil in the steel furnaces of Corus until they got sold down the river in exchange for some ‘carbon credits’ that far from losing their jobs, they have merely been released from an ‘outdated assumption’.
Vera Baird, Solicitor General and lead Minister for the Equality Bill, called for flexible working to become the norm, and an end to the outdated assumption that the 40/40/40 model – where we work forty plus hours per week, for forty plus weeks, over forty plus years – is the top career choice.
“It is time to move our labour market assumptions on into the modern era.”
Naturally this is being presented as all for the cheeeldren – so that everyone can take their share at looking after them – absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with the government having stood by whilst all the full time work for those ‘oop North’ disappeared down the drain.
Equally naturally, ‘Anon’ will be along very shortly to tell me that I am being unfair to Ms Baird who is only trying to help, and who never, never, absolutely never, reads this web site – there is a ghost logged in to Ms Baird’s parliamentary computer who does it for her, a ghost who apparently has no idea how efficient Statcounter is……..