A VOLUNTARY organisation has praised Bury Council for its employment standards.

The authority has received the Greater Manchester Good Employment Charter, from Metro Mayor Andy Burnham, recognising its commitment to creating a healthy working environment.

The Good Employment Charter is an assessment scheme which rewards good employers in Greater Manchester and recognises high standards, in several categories including equality, inclusion, fair pay and opportunity for progression.

Council leader Cllr Eamonn O'Brien proudly accepted the award at CityCo Business Management centre on Lloyds Street and was joined by Sam McVeigh, the borough's human resources director, and representatives of Six Town Housing, which also received the same award.

Cllr O'Brien said: "We have been firm believers in giving our staff the best possible standards and being an example for all organisations.

"Being a good employer is what we try to do with all aspects of our work, from the recruitment processes in place, with diversity and inclusion in mind, to ensure everyone of every background can excel and progress in their role.

"So, receiving this award is a proud moment for us because it goes alongside our accreditation as a Real Living Wage employer and we are the only local authority in the region to have both.

"So, while Bury may be the smallest borough of Greater Manchester we can still lead the way in a lot of ways and there is no reason for us to be at the back of the pack.

"We're encouraging local businesses to sign up to the charter and follow our example, and exemplify the best of what we have to offer.

"If other businesses sign up for this charter we can highlight how great of an area this is to live and work and attract new residents, investments and opportunities.

"I'm very aware that I'm accepting this award on behalf of numerous people behind me, who have all worked very hard, so this is very much a group effort and couldn't have been done without my team."