London is one of the most dynamic and successful cities in the world. But we also know our city is highly unequal with some groups excluded from economic prosperity.
This is why the Mayor is rolling up his sleeves and getting to grips with the underlying economic and social injustice that leaves too many Londoners struggling to get by. And it’s why his manifesto contained a commitment to prioritise economic fairness.
The Mayor is calling for evidence on the Mayor’s ‘Good Work Standard’: this will be a commitment that employers from all sectors can make to help make London the best place in the world to work. He is seeking views on the goals and practical actions that can help achieve this.
Sadiq is determined not just to increase equality of opportunity, but to also make London a fairer city for all by narrowing the social and economic divides that can separate people – including by supporting the most vulnerable.
Paying the London Living Wage is likely to be an essential requirement of the Standard, but we are keen to hear about other ways of increasing social integration and social mobility – specifically in sectors where low pay, lack of progression or other poor workplace practices are more commonly found.
Sadiq is leading by example: he has already fulfilled a manifesto commitment by publishing full gender pay details of all organisations in the GLA group, acted to root out any instances of staff being paid below the living wage, increased the availability of part-time and flexible-working options and introduced a childcare loan scheme.
But we know that unfairness does not only occur in the workplace. So we’re also seeking views through this call for evidence on whether certain business models or practices create unfair outcomes for Londoners.
The call for evidence will be followed by a series of public events – but for now, businesses, charities, academia and individuals keen to have their say on the Good Work Standard can do so at www.london.gov.uk/good-work.