New Human Resource Initiatives

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2013 Energy Service Group Conference
26 February 2013

In recent years the industry has seen the widespread introduction of new Human Resource initiatives. These include Performance Management, Personal Improvement Plans, revised sickness policies. Such policies are introduced on the pretext of modernisation and improved efficiency.

Academic research shows there is little economic benefit from such policies and confirms the view that they are mechanisms introduced to reduce the workforce and to disregard statutory requirements. These policies have been seen to encourage managers to disregard equalities legislation. They also develop spurious assessment criteria to increase stress on staff and force them out without statutory compensation.

Conference calls on the Energy Service Group Executive to:

1)Conduct further investigations as to the true nature of these policy changes.

2)Issue guidance to stewards and members facing the introduction of such changes

3)Publicise abuses of such policies