After 15 years of successful Living Wage campaigning, low pay continues to be an important issue for our members. In fact, the interest among our membership to tackle this and other issues in the workplace has only grown.
We find that there is a desire to improve work conditions beyond our membership too. We have seen this through national and local government consultations, such as the Taylor Review and the GLA’s Good Work Standard, as well as through the actions of organised workers, such as Uber drivers and McDonald’s strikers.
To take advantage of the appetite from our members and the opportunities presented by the national picture, we have created the Fair Work Campaign. Our aim is to organise workers and communities into a powerful alliance that fights for justice in the workplace.
Involved in this campaign so far are London Citizens, Tyne & Wear Citizens, Maun Valley Citizens, Milton Keynes Citizens and Nottingham Citizens, as well as our Trade Unions in membership.
To help us identify the biggest workplace issues facing our members, we listened to over 700 low paid workers across London, Tyne & Wear and Nottinghamshire, as well as in our Trade Unions in membership. We gathered information from workers through one-to-one conversations, house meetings and surveys.
We found that the biggest issues affecting our members were:
- Bullying and Harassment
- Contracted Hours
We are now in the process of researching potential solutions to these issues with the help of our Advisory Board made up of:
- Kate Bell, Head of the Rights, International, Social and Economics Department at the TUC;
- Ryan Shorthouse, Chief Executive of Bright Blue;
- Joe Dromey, Senior Research Fellow at IPPR.
We hope to launch a number of campaigns in the first quarter of 2019 to tackle the issues we have come across.
If you would like to get involved or would like more information please get in touch with Amanda Walters, Fair Work Community Organiser: firstname.lastname@example.org