Previous Article Next Article The Government needs to establish a new agenda for the workplace if the UKis to move to the ‘high road’ of partnership working and high performance. That was the message from the TUC’s general secretary Brendan Barber,speaking at AnUMan 2004, the annual employee relations event for unions andmanagement. He criticised the Government for being too responsive to employer grievanceson red tape, and said it had failed to listen to the views of trade unionsabout the everyday realities of work. “The sense of momentum when it comes to the workplace has been lost.Why isn’t the Government challenging the unions more to see where they can makea positive impact?” he said. “If we’re not careful, we’ll be back on the low road of long workinghours, poor work-life balance and a demoralised workforce.” Barber said the majority of workplaces were still dominated by command andcontrol management, and the challenge for unions was to put the case forpartnership ever more forcefully. He refused to be drawn on whether the skillset of union officials were up topartnership working, but admitted the TUC needed to explore training in the‘distinctive skills’ of problem-solving and communication. Unions blame Government for the loss of momentumOn 3 Feb 2004 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.