Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office Ian Lavery MP visited Baxi in Preston today as part of Labour’s Workplace 2020 initiative. He is visiting workplaces across the country to hear from staff and management about their experiences at work and gathering ideas about creating workplaces fit for the future.
Since the Labour Party was founded by trade unions over a century ago, the world of work has radically changed. The UK is one of the most unequal modern economies: low pay is widespread with six million workers earning less than the UK living wage.
Hearing about best practice from companies such as Baxi is vital to help us know what the world of work should look like in 2020 and how to raise standards.
Ian Lavery said: “Workplace 2020 is the biggest conversation the Labour Party has ever had with people in the world of work. As part of the process I was delighted to be in the North West to meet with trade union leaders and to visit a key employer in the region.
"This project is not simply learning of bad business practices but also the good. With that in mind it was refreshing to visit Baxi to meet with the Site Director, take a tour of the facility and to meet with staff and trade union representatives.
"Businesses like Baxi are extremely important to the communities they work in and their relationship with their employees shows they see a good work life balance as beneficial to everyone.
"Trade Union Representatives in businesses like Baxi have an extremely important role to play not only in their own workplaces but, through contributing to Workplace 2020, across the country, it was a pleasure to take part in discussions with them.”