Last year I set out my ambition to improve the world of work in Liverpool City Region, by asking businesses, staff, trade unions and others what made a good workplace and what should be included in Liverpool City Region’s first ever Fair Employment Charter.
Over recent months we have continued to engage with people about their experiences of work and I’d like to thank everyone who has been involved so far.
We have seen numerous examples of the positive employers and businesses that we have here in Liverpool City Region, but also heard that – for some people – work continues to be low paid and insecure.
This makes it difficult to budget or balance other commitments, whilst opportunities to progress can seem limited, or out of reach.
Working together we can change this.
Our exercise showed broad agreement on what good and fair work should look like;
- Fair pay and fair hours
- Inclusive workplaces that support staff to grow and develop
- A voice for staff to help deliver justice in the workplace with opportunities available for young people and others
I know first-hand that many businesses across Liverpool City Region are offering all of the above and many go beyond these every day. I want our Fair Employment Charter to recognise those organisations that are already doing the right thing, whilst also encouraging and offering a pathway for others to learn, develop and improve.
Good work and workplaces are good for our happiness, our health and our productivity. Put simply, good work is good business, and our Charter can help drive this right across Liverpool City Region.