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

UNITE Edinburgh Not-For-Profit Branch

The UNITE Edinburgh Not For Profit branch illustrates what can be achieved through a collective approach where a trade union organisation can speak for a whole industrial sector.

Founded in 1978, the branch has around 880 members working with 70 employers in the not-for-profit sector. It has lobbied the City of Edinburgh Council (and formerly Lothian Regional Council) to deliver local authority terms and conditions, including access to pension schemes and contractual sick pay, to comparable employees in the not-for-profit sector. Partnerships were formed with employers to influence and shape funding arrangements that benefitted care organisations, their clients and their employees.

In recent years the union branch has worked with employers (alongside user and carer organisations) in opposition to competitive tendering, to change the mode of commissioning and to extend the Living Wage to social care. The branch has achieved the important goal of being recognised by the Council as a spokesperson for almost twenty thousand employees in the local not-for-profit sector.


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