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What does fair work look like? The start of a new local campaign.

Read this blog to find out why we're launching a listening campaign on 'fair work' and how you can join to share your experiences of poor conditions at work. 

Blog by Gayle Purves, Citizens leader from Citizens Advice Newcastle

As a member of staff at Citizens Advice, I witness the hard realities that many working people face all too often. I meet people at their time of crisis, like when they’re trapped in a cycle of debt because their job is low-paid or doesn’t allow them to work a decent number of hours.

Our Chapter has already been making huge progress in championing the real Living Wage, a vital means to make sure that workers are paid enough to live on. But levels of pay are just one of a number of factors that make a job ‘good’ or ‘fair’.

That’s why myself and Ibrahim Doumbia of Newcastle’s Central Mosque have been working with Amanda Walters, Citizens UK’s Organiser on Fair Work, to start a listening campaign in our city and eventually the wider region. Our hope is that by reaching out to our communities and hearing from the people directly affected by difficult conditions at work, we can deepen our understanding of the issues that working people face across different sectors – whether that’s car washes, warehouses or the social care sector - and how working conditions can be improved. Later in the year, we will feedback our findings to other Citizens chapters across the country.

This could be the start of an exciting area of work for us, but we need to hear from as many people as possible first. Please join us at Newcastle Central Mosque from 7:30pm to 8:40pm on Tuesday 25th. You don’t need to register, but feel free to get in touch with myself at Gaylep@newcastlecab.org.uk or Ibrahim at ibfakoly@gmail.com if you’d like to find out more.