the ihcp Employers Charter which has been developed in conjunction with HR representatives from across our members and the Labour Relations Agency.
Question - Why have we developed an employer’s charter and why should you sign it?
Answer - Too often the sector receives criticism and negative media coverage when it comes to employment with the good practice of the majority going unnoticed. We want to demonstrate that the sector employs a great number of staff who are treated fairly and with compassion. We want the sector to be a career choice and a place where staff can develop, grow and feel valued.
Question - Why is the time right for a charter?
Answer - The previous Health Minister initiated a ‘Fair Work Forum’ some time ago to consider equalising terms and conditions of care staff across the HSC and independent sectors. Ihcp have been engaged in this work however progress has been slow and we want to demonstrate that ihcp members are working hard to provide the best working environment they can with the resources available. We want to be in a position to show the commitment of our members ahead of this Fair Work Forum.
Question - How will ihcp help you with employment issues
Answer - the charter outlines the support that ihcp can provide through webinars, the LRA and other support services.
Question - What we want you to do ?
Answer - we want you to read the charter and consider if you meet the principles and if so sign the document and return it to Liz Marshall. There is a formal external showcase of the charter at Stormont on 22 November and we would love to be able to have a high percentage of members signed up to the charter by then. If you sign up you will receive confirmation and a door sticker to display confirming that you are committed ito the hcp Employer Charter . We hope that this will demonstrate to new job applicants and staff that you are a good employer.