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21 October - 17 November
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What is good work and how do we get more of it?

Examining the power imbalances, pay and other employment challenges facing workers and those moving into work

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Lifelong wellbeing theme

What’s on offer?

This workshop will bring together workers, researchers, campaigners and people interested in promoting decent work across Greater Manchester to explore what good work looks like and what action can be taken to improve the quality of work.

There will be contributions from Ian MacArthur, Director of the Greater Manchester Good Employment Charter; Jason Tetley, Director of the GM Law Centre; Sarah Murphy, GM Law Centre; Ceri Hughes, researcher at the Work and Equalities Institute, University of Manchester and others.

Participants in this workshop will:

  • • Explore some of the challenges that workers are facing in Greater Manchester;
  • • Discover how the Good Employment Charter aims to change employment practices;
  • • Have an opportunity to discuss what could change and to share these ideas with policymakers and campaigners.
  • Join us at the Greater Manchester Law Centre, 667-669, Stockport Rd, Levenshulme, Manchester M12 4QE

We are particularly keen to include people on low incomes and those who work in sectors that are associated with low pay and/or insecure work. Some funding is available to support local travel to attend the event for those on low incomes.

What’s it about?

The Good Employment Charter is a key policy initiative in Greater Manchester that aims to describe what good employment looks like and to recognise employers that offer better employment practices. So far, the charter has mainly focussed on engaging employers and working with them to change their employment practices.

This workshop will turn the focus on people's perspectives and experiences of work. It will examine new data exploring what good work looks like, and will share examples based on recent research and casework that highlight the challenges that workers are still facing.

Who’s leading the event?

Ceri Hughes, University of Manchester

Jason Tetley, Greater Manchester Law Centre

Sarah Murphy, Greater Manchester Law Centre

Open to

The event is open to all with an interest in employment issues and campaigning around good work, and/or city-region policies.

Of particular interest to

People who want to explore the challenges facing workers in Greater Manchester and contribute to a conversation about how they can be tackled.