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Topical debate and drinks reception: Good work or any work?

Topical debate and drinks reception: Good work or any work?

Tuesday, 22 November 2011
18:00 - 21:00
The Work Foundation, 21 Palmer Street, SW1H 0AD

The Debate:

On Tuesday 22nd November The Work Foundation hosted Good Work or Any Work? with debaters Vicky Pryce and Katie Hopkins. Chaired by Stefan Stern and introduced by The Work Foundation’s, Dr Benjamin Reid, this lively debate offered an interesting insight into this relevant and divisive topic.

Vicky Pryce led the debate stating the case that any job will not do. Discussing the wider elements of good work Vicky stated that beginning a career in low-paid, low skilled jobs risks a future in a low-paid low-skilled role. To grow the economy we need skills and this will not happen if we force people into such roles that offer little progression.

Katie Hopkins stated that any job is a good job, especially for the 1 million young people unemployed today require their first step on the work ladder. Katie went onto to discuss the restrictions placed on the employer, specifically SMEs through compliance and employment legislation and that stated that reducing these structures developed to serve large corporations, would be “good work” for the employer as well as the employee.

Katie concluded that Capitalism is good, that  there is nothing wrong with work which makes a profit and that we must concentrate on delivering good profit so that we can pay good wages, and therefore conduct ‘good work’.


Vicky Pryce and Katie Hopkins have written blogs preceding the debate for The Work Foundation. Click below to see their view of Good or Any Work.

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