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

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

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

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

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

W Munro (Rehab) Ltd

W Munro (Rehab) Ltd. is a successful Clydebank-based family business employing 35 people. The company supplies, demonstrates and maintains specialist patient moving and handling and rehabilitative equipment. The success of this specialist business relies heavily on the skills and knowledge of its employees to deliver a good service and to support their customers and patients with the technical information relevant to assistive technologies.

Job security is central to achieving this goal. Ken Munro, Managing Director, explained, "We wouldn't have someone just on zero-hours - absolutely not! If someone is coming on the phone with a medical condition, they want the person taking the call to know something about their situation or be in a position to pass the person to an experienced and trained colleague who can deal with their enquiry knowledgeably and with empathy. That knowledge takes investment in training and development. It is not gained just dipping in and out of employment. Employees on temporary or on-call arrangement cannot get the necessary level of knowledge and on-the-job experience if the employer is phoning someone up on the day and saying 'can you come in and do a couple of hours?'. Providing security for employees goes hand-in-hand with providing a quality service for their customers".

The company also offer employees flexible working time that aligns to their circumstances. Many of the office staff are part-time to suit their needs as well as the needs of the business. There are employees who "work from ten until two because they've got child care situations or they're looking after other relatives - we'd always be flexible. There are also some people that have been part-time that have gone to full-time as their families have grown up".

To enshrine their commitment to fair work, the Company recently became Living Wage Accredited and have signed the Scottish Government's Business Pledge.

 

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