27/10/2017

Model Workplace Policy Launched

Everyone has a right to equality of opportunity in employment and the right to work in a harmonious and inclusive environment and atmosphere in which all workers are encouraged to apply their diverse talents and in which no worker feels under threat or experiences intimidation.

These are the guiding principle of the new Joint Declaration of Protection (for Dignity at Work and Inclusive Working Environment), launched today by the NI Employment Relations Roundtable.

A Model Workplace Policy accompanies the Declaration and lists actions which all employers and trade unions are encouraged to adopt.
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Speaking at the launch today, Marie Mallon, Chair of the Labour Relations Agency and Chair of the Northern Ireland Employment Relations Roundtable said: "The LRA fully supports the commitment and determination of the NI Employment Relations Roundtable that everyone in the workplace has the right to work in a harmonious and inclusive environment free from threat and intimidation. The LRA will work with all parties to promote this very important declaration."

In welcoming the Declaration the Chief Commissioner of the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland, Dr Michael Wardlow, said: "The Equality Commission was delighted to be invited to engage with the working group to develop this Joint Declaration of Protection. We welcome the public demonstration of commitment by employers and trade unions to promoting and maintaining good and harmonious working environments. This is an important piece of work which continues to be relevant today, as it highlights the need for continued vigilance in the workplace by both employers and employees. The Commission supports and endorses the revised Joint Declaration of Protection."

The Declaration and Model Workplace Policy are available from the Labour Relations Agency's website lra.org.uk and the Equality Commission's equalityni.org.

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