North of Tyne politicians will launch the region’s ‘Good Work Pledge’ at an online event on 9 November 2020.
Employers from across Newcastle, North Tyneside, Northumberland and beyond will be asked to join the movement for ‘good work’ – work which provides job security, skills, progression opportunities, and a decent standard of living – to all their employees.
Organisations from every part of the economy – from big businesses to small and medium-sized enterprises to the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector – can sign up to the Good Work Pledge – a set of standards developed with a range of stakeholders over the past year.
The five areas covered by the Pledge include:
- Valuing and Rewarding your Workforce
- Promoting Health and Wellbeing
- Effective Communications and Representation
- Developing a Balanced Workforce – putting diversity and inclusion front and centre.
- Social Responsibility
Cllr Joyce McCarty, North of Tyne Cabinet Member for Employability and Inclusion said:
“The COVID-19 pandemic has caused unprecedented changes to our economy and has changed the way we do business.
“Good Work is a key part of the North of Tyne’s economic recovery plan and the Good Work Pledge gives us a way to recognise good practice and inspire others to follow suit.
“We know that employers are facing huge challenges as a result of the pandemic. The launch event is an opportunity to hear directly from businesses who are adopting the Good Work Pledge; why they signed up now, and why you should too.”
Jamie Driscoll, North of Tyne Mayor, said:
“Coronavirus has hit jobs hard. But our economic recovery cannot be about returning us to business as usual – we want a positive future for everyone.
“Good work is central to this. We want an economy that works for everyone, where people are fairly rewarded for their labour and where no one is left behind.
“We want every employer in the region to be a good employer. We want every employer to sign our Good Work Pledge.”
The Pledge will be launched at an online event on 9 November 2020 at 3pm. Registration is free and open to all: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/good-work-pledge-launch-tickets-125930763303