Manufacturing Mondays

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🆘 2 years since it's announcement, where is the Employment Bill?

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Manufacturing Mondays
Manufacturing Mondays
No, we aren’t setting up a new unit of Make UK called Bake UK. Sorry to disappoint you all.
In all seriousness, April Fools last week was no joke. Businesses were hit with a wave of new cost increases, NICs rise, plastic packaging tax, and corporation tax changes, to name just a few.
The sentiment across the manufacturing community is that we are moving into a new phase of our economic recovery. The immediate issues have rightly dominated time and resources within Government, but long-standing issues such as the much-delayed Employment Bill have ended up taking a backseat.
There is a real risk we continue to just veer from crisis to crisis, with Government time and resources being spent on simply ‘reacting’.
Even if this is the new normal, it shouldn’t mean we forget to tackle the backlog of legislative and policy changes that were delayed due to covid.
As some would say, it’s time to get on with the job.

Wanted: An Employment Bill
⏳ The Queen’s Speech next month will mark more than two years since the Government first announced its intention to publish an Employment Bill following its election in 2019, and more than four years since it accepted the recommendations of the Taylor Review of modern working practices.
Much has changed since then as manufacturers have adapted their workforces and workplaces to reflect the post-pandemic environment, but many of the issues the Government initially sought to address through the Taylor Review and new legislation remain just as relevant.
In areas like the right of employees to request flexible working from their first day in a job – likely to be one of the Bill’s key reforms – which have only become more prominent in the last two years, manufacturers are broadly supportive of the principles behind the Government’s proposed changes but will need to understand exactly how they will be implemented.
Depending on its contents, the legislation could have far-reaching implications for how employers are expected to act, and manufacturers will want to make sure they continue both to comply with the law and to support all of their employees.
As manufacturers think about their strategies for recruiting and retaining staff in 2022 and beyond, the Government has the opportunity this year to end employers’ long wait for clarity and push ahead with the Employment Bill. 
HR and Employment Law Support | Make UK
Not in NIC of time
This week the NICs increase comes into force. Our members are telling us they are being squeezed on all fronts; by rising fuel and transport prices, the growing cost of raw materials, wage increase demands due to both tight competition for skilled staff.
And the pressure the cost-of-living crisis is putting on workers, and now the NICs increase will compound matters at the worst possible time for businesses.
😟 Manufacturers are really concerned that, after years of disruption, this jobs tax will put a stranglehold on the economic recovery just when firms were starting to grow again.
This is Rishi Sunak’s chance to stop a recession; any delay and it will be too late | Larry Elliott | The Guardian
Celebrating #UKmfg
We were delighted that last week Mark Pawsey MP signed up to celebrate National Manufacturing Day on 7th July - urging others including the Minister for Industry to do the same.
Manufacturers will be throwing open their doors in a UK wide Open House, so you can see firsthand the wonderful world of modern manufacturing!
👉 You can sign up here: makeuk.org/nmd
Mark Pawsey
Today in Parliament I urged Ministers to support National Manufacturing Day 2022 on 7 July which is a great opportunity to showcase some of the great manufacturing skills here in Rugby & Bulkington. Businesses can sign up here: https://t.co/TClmME5fov https://t.co/UedkkBdyJ3
Are you coming?
Talking about celebrations, don’t forget that our National Manufacturing Conference 2022 is back!
After a short hiatus, we are back and bigger at the QEII for our national conference. A few reasons to come?
🎤 Hear from Jonathan Reynolds, MP and Shadow BEIS Secretary of State, journalist and broadcaster Andrew Neil, William, Baron Hague of Richmond, all chaired by broadcaster Steph McGovern, herself a former engineer!
🤝 Reconnect and network with peers, and learn all about what other manufacturers are doing to solve the challenges of today.
🧠 Join one of our workshop sessions, covering everything from defence, to net-zero, to the workforces of the future.
Make UK's National Conference 2022
Make UK's National Conference 2022
Lastly, introducing our new Chair
We are delighted to announce Lord John Hutton as our next Chair, succeeding Dame Judith Hackitt who has stepped down after six years in the role.
Lord Hutton has a strong background in business and industry having served as Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise & Regulatory Reform, as well as Secretary of State for Defence. Between 2012 and 2018 he was Chair of the Nuclear Industries Association and, most recently, Chair of Energy UK. 
The excellence, resilience and innovation represented by UK manufacturers has helped shape our history and it will continue to do so, helping to solve the immense societal challenges we face. I am delighted to be joining Make UK at such an important and exciting time for the manufacturing sector - Lord Hutton
👏 A special thank you to outgoing Chair, Dame Judith Hackitt who has been a stalwart in championing the manufacturing sector.
We ❤️ policy and manufacturing, so let’s talk:
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Copy editor: Bhavina Bharkhada, Make UK Head of Policy & Campaigns
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