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

Michelin Case Study - Effective Labour Flexibility with employee security

The Michelin tyre plant in Dundee employees approximately 900 people producing up to 1,000 tyres/hour, 24hrs/day, 7 days per week. Increasingly the market shows more and more instability of demand with very large swings month to month. In addition with an aim of reducing stocks and lean manufacturing this means the Factory is faced with ever more volatility of demand.

The Factory operates Self Directed Work teams and has spent significant time and resources developing a team which is now capable of operating without direct management supervision outside office hours Monday to Friday. This means that the sometimes standard approach of short term contracted or zero hours contracted labour doesn't fit.

The Factory, working in partnership with the Unite Union on site, has developed an alternative where 3 of the 5 production teams have a contract which allows them to be contracted to work a number of days from 70% up to 100%, with a minimum of 1 weeks' notice. In addition, every employee from the shop floor to the Factory Manager has a contract which offers additional flexibility through training days, banking days and days not working but paid at 50%. The total flexibility means the Factory can operate between +20% and -24% of the planned open days. This mechanism means that the Factory can invest in the long term development of its workforce, the teams are stable, the cost of the Factory can be flexed to respond to variation in demand and everyone has a permanent contract of employment.


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