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Last Updated: Monday, 29 December, 2003, 11:43 GMT
Union offers best employers award
Fictional boss David Brent
Probably not in line for the 'best boss' award
An award scheme aimed at spotlighting Britain's best and worst employers has been launched by a leading trade union.

Amicus, which represents 1.1m workers, says it intends to recognise companies with good industrial relations, decent pay and pension schemes.

Workers will be asked to nominate their employers for an award, to be handed out at the Labour Party conference.

Amicus said unions needed to "recognise and reward the many good employers in the UK".

The scheme will showcase companies which "strive to provide decent terms and conditions for their staff despite difficult economic conditions and a prevailing wisdom of short-termism in the business community".

Charter mark

Britain's biggest private sector union said it planned to pass the information on to students in a bid to help them judge how fair potential employers would be.

Separately, the union plans to award a charter mark for companies which maintain a final salary pension scheme and invest in workers' skills.

Firms which do not make any compulsory redundancies and ensure that their female staff earn as much as male colleagues will also be highlighted.

Amicus General secretary Derek Simpson said: "With the labour market so tight, people can afford to be choosy about where they work."

He added: "Amicus feels that people should be able to make an informed decision about who they work for. So the charter mark awarded by Amicus will be an indication of who the best employers are."

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