Good Work Standard

MQT on 2017-07-13
Session date: 
July 13, 2017
Question By: 
Fiona Twycross
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


How will your Good Work Standard improve working conditions in London?


Answer for Good Work Standard

Answer for Good Work Standard

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Sadiq Khan (Mayor of London):  Thank you, Assembly Member Twycross, for your question.  I promise you the most pro-business Mayor London has ever seen and I firmly believe that a strong economy and a fairer city should go hand in hand.  I want London to be the best city in the world in which to work as well as to do business.  We have one of the most dynamic and prosperous economies in the world, but I am determined to strike up a serious conversation about the future of employment and how we can ensure prosperity is shared by all Londoners.


My Good Work Standard will be a key part of delivering this and encouraging the very best employment standards across London.  On 4 July [2017] I launched a call for evidence to ask businesses and other employers to advise me on what they think should be included and promoted through the Good Work Standard.  With fair pay and the London Living Wage at its heart, my Good Work Standard will seek to tackle the low pay and poor employment practices that sadly still exist in some workplaces, while supporting employers to adopt best practice and achieve high standards in areas such as flexible working, diversity and inclusion, apprenticeships and training and employee voice.  I will also be hosting a series of public evidence-gathering sessions to explore the barriers that exist to better workplaces and to find examples of best practice that could be used as a template across the city.  I will work with major employers from all sectors, especially those with high standards, to support businesses and other employers who would like to develop them.


Since becoming Mayor, I have been determined to lead by example to promote economic fairness.  I lead one of the capital’s largest employers, employing almost 80,000 people, 1.4% of London’s workforce across City Hall, the capital’s transport network, police and fire service.  As a result, I am able to improve many Londoners’ experiences of work through the GLA group’s practices.  The GLA group spends £11 billion per year with its suppliers, who also employ many people.  I have published a strengthened response and procurement policy, which reflects my determination to establish fair employment practices for the GLA’s suppliers.


Can I just end with this?  My team and I regularly have the privilege of meeting with business leaders from across all sectors and many of them share my goals.