Published: Friday, 08th December 2023

Oldham Council has become members of the Greater Manchester Good Employment Charter, marking a recognised commitment to providing good working practices for staff.

The Charter is a voluntary membership and assessment scheme which aims to raise employment standards across Greater Manchester. By becoming a member, Oldham Council has made a pledge to provide all employees with a positive and supportive working environment.

To achieve membership, the Council demonstrated seven characteristics of Good Employment. These included providing staff with secure work, paying the Real Living Wage, and offering wellbeing support.

The Charter’s commitment to improvement aligns with Oldham Council’s own ongoing dedication to equality, diversity and inclusion in its recruitment and staff retention programme.

Leader of Oldham Council, Cllr Arooj Shah, said: “As a Council, our staff are our greatest assets, they are the representatives for all the services and interactions we have with local communities. Joining the Good Employment Charter enables us to ensure all teams are paid fairly, have opportunities to develop and lead happier and more fulfilled lives.

“Over 60% of our staff also live in the borough, which is another important reason to support the Charter, as it demonstrates a visible commitment to improving the lives of our employees and our residents.”

Oldham joins Bury and Rochdale as the latest local authorities to sign up, meaning all 10 boroughs across Greater Manchester are now members of the Charter.

Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, said: “I’m proud to see Greater Manchester’s councils leading by example when it comes to good employment. Local authorities are important anchor institutions, employing thousands of people, and their participation in the Good Employment Charter can help us grow the movement.”

To find out more about the Greater Manchester Good Employment Charter, please visit

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