Fair Work Convention

Fair Work Convention Scotland, Effective Voice

Effective Voice

Effective voice is much more than just having a channel of communication available within organisations - though this is important.

Effective voice requires a safe environment where dialogue and challenge are dealt with constructively and where employee views are sought out, listened to and can make a difference.

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Fair Work Convention Scotland, Opportunity


It is a reasonable aspiration to want work that is fair - and for fair work to be available to everyone. Fair opportunity allows people to access and progress in work and employment and is a crucial dimension of fair work

Meeting legal obligations in terms of ensuring equal access to work and equal opportunities in work sets a minimum floor for fair work.

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Fair Work Convention Scotland, Security


Security of employment, work and income are important foundations of a successful life.

Predictability of working time is often a component of secure working arrangements.

While no one has complete security and stability of employment, income and work, security is an important aspect of fair work.

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Fair Work Convention Scotland, Fulfilment


For many people, work is a fulfilling part of their life. For others, work tasks, working conditions and the work environment make work unfulfilling.

Access to work that is as fulfilling as it is capable of being is an important aspiration of the Fair Work agenda. People have different views of what type of work is fulfilling for them.

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Fair Work Convention Scotland, Respect


Fair work is work in which people are respected and treated respectfully, whatever their role and status.

Respect involves recognising others as dignified human beings and recognising their standing and personal worth.

At its most basic, respect involves ensuring the health, safety and well-being of others.

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Case Studies

Fair Working Practices In Highland Commissioning

NHS Highland and the Highland Council agreed a ground-breaking lead agency model of integration in April 2012 whereby the former assumed responsibility for the delivery of all adult health & social care services. An identified task was to address the issue of the care at home service which was failing in large respect. Committed to a partnership approach with independent sector providers, a joint working group feeding into the overarching joint strategic commissioning group, itself representative of all sectors, was established within a year. Providers in Highland had for a number of years cooperated on areas of shared concern under the coordination of Scottish Care.

Initial agreement on the areas to be addressed produced a number of statements which were ratified at the highest levels. These included a commitment to raising the employment standards in the sector, particularly ensuring that all care at home workers are paid the living wage. This was enacted in April 2014. A year later a tariff approach was adopted confirming the new living wage as well as a range of commitments on skills & training levels. These agreements were largely proposed by the sector themselves and written into commissioning plans.

At the heart of strategic commissioning in Highland is the Quality Approach which recognises that fair working practices are more likely to lead to higher standards of care delivery and consistency of service for those who need social care.


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