The Greater Manchester Good Employment Charter is proud to announce seven new Members of the Charter. These employers have achieved membership status through their commitment to putting good employment into action and being exemplars of employment excellence. Above is a video of Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester, announcing the new Members and celebrating their achievement.
The employers to go from ‘Supporters’ to ‘Members’ of the Charter are
- Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA),
- Metro Dynamics,
- Stockport Homes,
- Tameside Council and Tameside & Glossop CCG,
- Trafford Housing Trust,
- Transport for the North, and
- Wigan and Leigh College.
Among other characteristics of good employment, Members of the Charter have inclusive and fair recruitment practices, recognise that “one size fits all” does not work when looking at flexibility of work, offer training and development opportunities which allow employees to grow their skill set, focus on improving health and wellbeing within their organisations, and pay all of their staff the real living wage.
To become Members of the Charter, these employers have gone through an extensive assessment with the Charter and its Technical Review Panel, which includes an in-depth evaluation of practices and policies for each characteristic of the Charter to ensure the high standards are being met along with a commitment to continually improve.
Louise Brown, Vice Principal at Wigan & Leigh College, said: “We are delighted to have achieved Member status of the Greater Manchester Good Employment Charter and thrilled to be the first Wigan employer to gain this. We pride ourselves on being a good employer and are fully committed to our staff engagement and the importance of the health and wellbeing of our staff, and the value that this brings to our College Community.”
Dawn Madin, Director of Business Capabilities at Transport for the North, said: “We’re extremely proud to be a member of the Greater Manchester Good Employment Charter as it signifies our commitment to investing in, improving and promoting people's lives at work, as well as supporting the growth and development of our TeamTfN colleagues.
“Providing rewarding careers isn't just the right thing to do – by continuously striving for improvement in our people practices we can achieve more in our commitment towards equality, diversity and inclusion, and support our mission to make the North a more prosperous place to live and work.”
The aim of the Good Employment Charter is to improve employment standards across the city region and contribute towards a thriving and productive economy. The seven good employment characteristics developed by the Charter are secure work, flexible work, real living wage, engagement and voice, recruitment, people management, and health and wellbeing. Businesses can also sign up to the Charter’s Supporters’ Network, which asks employers to commit to improve practices and helps them to access appropriate support and resources.