Fair Work First Policy

FDE is committed to advancing the Fair Work First criteria, specifically:

1. We have an appropriate channel for effective employee voice

  • We engage in constructive dialogue with our employees and their Trade Union to address workplace issues and disputes.
  • Employees are offered supportive contact with their supervisor
  • We have measures in place to support employees in the workplace and have zero tolerance of bullying and other forms of abuse and harassment.

2. We invest in workforce development

  • We aim to engender an engaged and empowered workforce who embrace new ways of working and are committed to making a difference.
  • Our policies and procedures set out how all employees are expected to behave at work, creating a better overall working environment.
  • We provide learning opportunities for employees at all levels within the organisation.
  • Formal and informal learning is offered and encouraged across the workforce, relating to specific roles as well as wider development.

3. We do not use zero-hours contracts inappropriately

  • Supply and casual contracts are only used when necessary and workers on these contracts are not obliged to accept work when this is offered.
  • We do not use supply and casual contracts to fill longer-term vacancies.

4. We take action to tackle the gender pay gap and create a more diverse and inclusive workplace

  • We strive to ensure we understand any perceived equality barriers to employment with FDE and address these.
  • We monitor workforce diversity and pay gaps.
  • We support flexible working and offer a range of flexible working patterns.
  • We offer many employees the opportunity to adopt a Blended Workstyle, a blend of working from home and working at our headquarters.
  • We are a Disability Confident employer, encouraging the employment and retention of disabled people and those with health conditions.
  • We will make reasonable adjustments for employees with a disability or who have a short- or long-term impairment that could affect their ability to work.
  • If an employee receives a short time-frame terminal diagnosis, we will work with them to consider how we manage an appropriate outcome.

5. We commit to paying the Real Living Wage

  • We are an accredited Living Wage employer

6. We offer flexible and family-friendly working practices for all workers from day one of employment


  • Part-time and term-time working arrangements
  • Time off for Dependents
  • Parental Leave
  • Compassionate and other special leave
  • Time off for public duties

7. We oppose the use of fire and rehire practice

  • We only consider effecting change where there is a legitimate business need.
  • We strive to achieve change through agreement.