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

The Power of One: autonomy and the authorising environment

Steven is typical of many individuals in Perth & Kinross Council, and the professional and personal fulfilment Steven gains from his work is evident to all who work with him.

In 2013, the Council launched the Angel's Share initiative, which offers seed corn funding to innovative projects. Based purely on his personal knowledge of using technology to benefit his own children, he grasped the opportunity and cultivated an idea to help those with learning difficulties, in a similar manner. He was awarded funding to develop his concept, and the benefits to service users continue today with the same client group but additionally others have learned of his innovative idea and adopted the approach for different client groups.

Since then, Steven has become an unofficial ambassador for the initiative, encouraging his colleagues around him to take part, sharing his enthusiasm and helping others.


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