WTA Chair, Andrew Campbell attended the Fair Work Wales Roundtable Workshop in Cardiff on 12th November 2019, which met to consider the delivery of the Commission’s recommendations arising from its recent report. The tackling of inequality and active promotion of equality and inclusion is seen as integral to the fair work agenda – and has particular relevance to the Tourism sector. Fair work is where workers are fairly rewarded, heard and represented, secure and able to progress in a healthy and inclusive environment, where rights are respected. Too often within our sector we hear of instances where this is simply not the case, which can often lead to negative perceptions being formed , so the report and its recommendations are to be welcomed.
Characteristics of fair work include: fair reward, having an employee voice and collective representation, security and flexibility of employment, opportunities for growth and progression, safe and inclusive environments – and where legal rights are respected. A key objective of the workshop was to discuss how detailed requirements indicated within the framework of fair work characteristics might be nuanced to reflect different economic contexts, such as Tourism and Hospitality….and to explore the setting up and responsibilities of future Fair Work Forums. It was acknowledged during the workshop that becoming a Fair Work employer must be viewed as a continuous journey, as opposed to a fixed event, with willingness and endeavour being key to intended outcomes. Going forward, it is the intention to set up Fair Work forums to cover all economic sectors, which will include Tourism and Hospitality…so watch this space!