Unscrupulous employers will have no place to hide
union, Usdaw, is supporting the Government's move to bring about
fairer workplaces. Harriet Harman's Equality Bill will require
employers to publish how much they pay women compared to men.
John Hannett, Usdaw General Secretary, said:- "Usdaw is a
champion of equality in the workplace. We believe firmly that
everyone, male or female, old or young, should be paid the same for
doing the same job. Of course businesses are saying that this
is another burden on them in these difficult economic times, and we
recognise their concerns. However, I would echo Harriet in saying
that the recession is no excuse for inequality. Plus, businesses
have until 2013 before the legislation comes in."
The Bill also tackles discrimination on the grounds of age or class,
bringing many strands of equality legislation together under one
John Hannett added:- "This new legislation sends out a strong
message to both businesses and employees; inequality is inexcusable
in the workplace or elsewhere. If 2 people are doing the same job
they are absolutely entitled to get the same pay and conditions.
That is why we support this legislation, which calls on employers to
account for their actions. It will give unscrupulous employers no
place to hide."
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Liverpool City Council staff proud to serve
of council staff in Liverpool are proud to work for the local
authority. This comes after an independent survey
of a 3rd of the workforce found that 6 out of 10 of those questioned
are proud to work for the city council; that is far higher than the local
authority average of 42%. 66% are satisfied with their current
job, and 88% of those quizzed constantly look for better ways of
Council leader Warren Bradley said:- “Staff that are happy in
their job give a better service so I am delighted that so many of
our employees are proud to work for the organisation. Our
staff work hard to make a positive difference to people’s lives day
in, day out. They are dedicated and committed, and this survey shows
how seriously they take their important role as public servants.”
The ‘Your Voice’ research also revealed that 66% of
employees feel well informed by the council, and 80% say they know
enough about the council’s vision, aims and values. More than 3,000 staff
responded to the questionnaire. Other findings were that 72%
of staff feel their manager is open and honest, while 85% know where
to turn if they want to make a suggestion or raise a concern.
Chief Executive Colin Hilton added:- “It’s vital we know what
staff think so we can make the council a better place to work.
Overall the results are encouraging and compare very favourably to
other local authorities. In particular I am delighted the
overwhelming majority of staff look for better ways to serve our
customers and are clear about the council’s long term ambitions.
There are areas we need to focus on and are pulling together an
action plan to make it happen.” Areas for improvement include encouraging managers to give more
information to staff and to do more to improve wellbeing for staff. An action plan is being drawn up to implement improvements.
Staff who go above and beyond the call of duty will be rewarded next
month at the annual Be Proud awards, the city council’s version of