technologies to serve society and enhance human well-being,
while protecting individuals from negative impacts and ensuring
the benefits are widely shared.
iii) Productive, entrepreneurial business, freely competing in a
market economy, with government playing an enabling role,
through smart regulation and infrastructure investment, by
controlling vested interests who abuse monopolistic power, and
by promoting open trading internationally, within Europe and
iv) Genuinely sustainable growth, respecting the environmental
limits of our one planet, meeting true consumer needs,
supporting small, local and community solutions, and
recognising well-being not just wealth as the goal.
Conference therefore welcomes policy paper 133, Good Jobs, Better
Businesses, Stronger Communities: Proposals for a New Economy that
Really Works for Everyone, as a statement of Liberal Democrat policy
on our approach to the economic challenges of the 21st Century, and
in particular welcomes its proposals to:
1. Create a fair economy that works for all by:
a) Reforming the labour market to give control and choice
back to workers, with additional rights for those in the gig
economy, a powerful new Worker Protection Enforcement
Authority to protect those in precarious work, and a 'Good
Employer' kite mark to promote good firms.
b) Investing in skills, in particular in lifelong opportunities for
retraining, so people can better adjust to the fast-moving
economy of the 21st Century, with a national skills strategy,
an expanded skills and training levy, and a new initiative -
Lifelong Learning Entitlements.
c) Setting immigration policies that support growth and meet
key skills gaps, with a Canadian-style international mobility
d) Strengthening diversity and equality of opportunity in the
workplace, with mandatory reporting of pay ratios and
corrective action plans, and a fresh approach to modern trade
unionism for stronger representation in new workplaces.
2. Create a sustainable economy that works for future generations by:
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