Posted by: the3rdi | September 26, 2011

Can Fairness Commissions reduce inequality?

Are you concerned about rising social and economic inequalities and looking for ways we can work together locally to reduce inequality?

Last year, Islington council set up a Fairness Commission to examine inequalities and develop practical ideas for reducing them. So far they have made substantial progress on achieving a living wage for council employees and in reducing pay differentials. Councillor Andy Hull said “in 20 new contracts we’ve signed in the past year we’ve managed to get the living wage as a requirement. We’re also bringing about 150 cleaners back in-house to guarantee a living wage for them.” Closer to home, Liverpool council also set up a Fairness Commission earlier this year.

To find out more about these innovative approaches come and join us in Manchester on Saturday 29th Oct from 11am-3.45pm at the Friends Meeting House, 6 Mount St, Manchester, M2 5NS.

The event is organised by Equality Group NW, which is affiliated to The Equality Trust.

Come to along to:-
– hear from Andy Hull vice-chair of Islington Fairness Commission and Councillor Nick Small from the Liverpool Fairness Commission about how they got their commissions established and what action they are taking.
– explore what Fairness Commissions in NW local authorities could achieve to tackle inequalities in your area
– link with other NW activists and campaigners to identify ways we can push for Fairness Commissions in our NW local authorities

To attend the event please register at Eventbrite.
Cost of event: £5 only to cover room hire and speakers expenses (plus booking fee – 78p)

Please register by 21st October 2011.

Further information will be sent to participants prior to the event.
For more information about the Fairness Commissions see:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2011/jun/08/islington-council-fairness-commission-wealth-gap
http://www.islington.gov.uk/Council/councilfairness/
http://liverpool.gov.uk/news/details.aspx?id=196092
http://equalitynw.bligoo.com/
http://www.equalitytrust.org.uk/

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