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

Janitorial Facilities Management Team at Perth and Kinross Council

In 2014, the Janitorial Facilities Management Team at Perth and Kinross Council took action to address the financial challenges facing their Service. This group of staff used their autonomy, initiative, skills and commitment to create added value for their schools. Working within an authorising environment, the team were able to exercise choice and shape the direction of their work to use their collective knowledge and expertise for the greater benefit of their schools, their colleagues and pupils.

They were amongst the first (nationally) to receive the SVQ level 2 in Facilities Management, and by undertaking ROSPA Play Area Inspection certification, they eliminated a new budget pressure for schools. Embracing an opportunity to use skills from previous employment, the team drew on their own individual trade expertise, and, working alongside their Property Service colleagues, extended the first line maintenance role to something which goes far beyond minor repairs. The team now provide a range of in-house solutions which contribute to the school buildings maintenance programme, carrying out work such as portable appliance testing, paintwork and redecoration, installation of fitted furniture and other small joinery/plumbing works.

"We start work as the schools are finishing so it benefits them (teachers and pupils) and it benefits us too. We don't just put out bins and lock doors - there's more to us than that" (D Moran, 2014).

This approach has reduced disruption within schools as work is conducted outwith teaching time. In addition, significant savings have been achieved - £32,000 in the first year alone. The team achieved a gold award at the Council's in-house Securing the Future Awards ceremony in 2014, and reached the final of the COSLA Excellence awards in 2015.


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