This week, the Mayor of West Yorkshire, Tracy Brabin, joined with her fellow northern metro mayors to begin development of a Fair Work Charter for the region.
Existing Charters have been developed in Greater Manchester and the Liverpool City Region, dedicated to levelling-up through encouraging good pay, fair and flexible working conditions and promoting diversity and social mobility within the workforce.
The discussions today build on work previously started by the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority.
Meeting at the University of Bradford, Mayors Tracy Brabin, Andy Burnham and Steve Rotheram began discussions with key stakeholders in West Yorkshire to develop the Charter and ensure maximum alignment across the north.
The resulting Fair Work Charter will be developed in the coming months by a dedicated steering group of key stakeholders and in consultation with partners and employers.
The group will develop the criteria for membership of the West Yorkshire Charter, to ensure suitability for all types of employers in the region including SMEs across all sectors including third sector organisations.
The West Yorkshire Combined Authority has committed up to £600,000 in principle over the next three years to develop and implement the Fair Work Charter.
“In my Manifesto I committed to implementing a Fair Work Charter within my first year in office, and I am delighted to be able to take this agenda forwards today and say that we are committed to launching a Charter that promotes fair work in our region within six months,” said Ms Brabin.
“The Charter will set the standards we expect for good work in West Yorkshire, reducing in-work poverty, boosting health and wellbeing, and promoting greater economic inclusion for our disadvantaged groups and communities.
“Implementing the ambition of a Charter also makes good business sense. We know the economic impact that promoting workforce diversity can have on a region including increased productivity and boosted revenue and innovation. For businesses committing to fair work it’s a win-win situation.
“It is vital that we get this right to aid economic recovery from the pandemic and levelling up for all, which is why I am pleased to be starting this important work today, taking key learnings from my regional counterparts and understanding the needs of our stakeholders and partners to develop a Charter that works for all.”