Liz McQue - Chief Executive
Our journey and history
North West Employers has been around for a long time, we are not a quango or a new organisation. Our journey began almost 100 years ago when representatives from 22 boroughs in Lancashire and Cheshire joined together to deal with applications for wage increases for their workers.
This set a precedent for collaborative working on people matters that laid the foundations for the organisation we are today. Our role was formalised years later when we officially became an ‘Employers' Organisation' certified as part of the 1974 Trade Union and Labour Relations Act.
From that point on we have grown and evolved our services with the needs of our member authorities and other public service providers in the region. Today we continue to work with the regional trade unions in the public sector to provide conciliation and dispute resolution processes throughout the North West.
Where we are today
North West Employers exists to help organisations deliver public services with and for local people that reflect their priorities.
We believe that a highly motivated, productive workforce,†together with†skilled and supported councillors are key to making this happen.
The challenges faced by local authorities and public service providers are continually and rapidly evolving and so is the world of HR policy and people practice.
Reshaping and rethinking the workforce to meet the current challenges of reduced funding requires brave, innovative leadership and well-informed creative approaches.
North West Employers provides a network of support, advice and consultancy on all†people matters, from human resources policy and practice, through to†leadership, management development and†organisational design and performance.
We work with a host of regional and national partners to represent the interests of North West authorities as employers, including consultation on national pay and conditions of service. With the regional trade unions we operate a joint conciliation and dispute resolution process to support authorities.†
Workforce issues have always been at the core of North West Employers' work and the current climate makes it even more†imperative that we reflect the areas of most concern to employers. †
Following extensive consultation with our customers our priorities for 2010-12 are:
Specific work streams include: