‘We’ll fight for train­ing leave for ev­ery worker’

Western Daily Press (Saturday) - - News -

WORK­ERS should be paid to learn new skills, the Green Party co-lead­ers told del­e­gates at their party con­fer­ence yes­ter­day.

Sian Berry and Jonathan Bart­ley have pledged to al­low work­ers to pur­sue per­sonal de­vel­op­ment within work­ing hours.

The party wants to rev­o­lu­tionise work and has al­ready called for a free time in­dex to mea­sure Bri­tain’s suc­cess by how much leisure time work­ers have rather than their eco­nomic out­put.

Ms Berry said cur­rent em­ploy­ment law was sti­fling peo­ple’s po­ten­tial by only al­low­ing those work­ing in com­pa­nies with more than 250 em­ploy­ees to have train­ing leave, which is un­paid.

“Greens would change all that, so no one has to feel stuck in one job for life,” she said.

“All work­ers should be able to grow and learn through­out their ca­reers, get trained in the things they need to know for their next job, im­prove how they do the one they have, or learn a new skill or trade.

“To­day we are promis­ing to fight for paid train­ing leave for ev­ery worker. With the right po­lit­i­cal will we can trans­form em­ploy­ment into more than just work.”

Re­search has found in­vest­ing in train­ing and per­sonal de­vel­op­ment de­creases staff turnover and en­cour­ages ca­reer pro­gres­sion within the com­pany, she added.

Mr Bart­ley went on to say the Greens were “putting other par­ties on no­tice” that they in­tended to re­place the Lib­eral Democrats as Eng­land’s third party.

He said: “It is our am­bi­tion to be­come the third party in Bri­tain.

“Ev­ery Green vote am­pli­fies our voice and our ideas and makes oth­ers sit up and lis­ten. Ev­ery Green vote sends a mes­sage.

“So we will get out on our streets, knock on ev­ery door and fight for ev­ery last vote to win the change we need to see.”

Green Party co-lead­ers Sian Berry and Jonathan Bart­ley make their co-lead­ers’ speech

From top: The Green Party’s only MP, Caro­line Lu­cas, lis­tens to the speeches; a del­e­gate takes a photo; sell­ing mer­chan­dise out­side the hall

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