Ooooh, Polly?

The CBI claims 250,000 jobs would be lost – but service jobs always need doing.

Umm, you\’ve never hard of substituting capital for labour? Being a counter clerk in a bank is a service job. We\’ve a lot fewer of them than we would if we didn\’t have ATMs.

You\’ve failed to understand the most basic point. If agency workers become more expensive (which the application of permanent employment rights would do) then there will be fewer jobs available to agency workers. Might take a litle time to work through the system, but it\’ll definitely happen.

4 comments on “Ooooh, Polly?

  1. ” If agency workers become more expensive (which the application of permanent employment rights would do) then there will be fewer jobs available to agency workers.”

    If the flexibility is still required, the number of jobs won’t be reduced. It’s just that they will be in Bangalore rather than Birmingham.

  2. My local supermarket has replaced a one bloke driving a road sweeper with half-a-dozen men with brooms to clean their car park. Looks like labour is getting cheaper than capital.

  3. “Looks like labour is getting cheaper than capital.”

    Either that, or the safety assessment for using a road sweeper machine cost a lot more than the men with brooms..

  4. “Looks like labour is getting cheaper than capital.”

    Machines leave records and require taxes. Men with brooms get paid cash and all parties consider a receipt to be a contemptible object.

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