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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Fair Work Framework 2016

Annex A: Fair Work Convention Remit

The remit of the Convention over its first year is to drive forward the Fair Work agenda by producing a Fair Work Framework by the end of March 2016. This Framework will:

  • Articulate a practical blueprint for Fair Work which promotes a new type of dialogue between employers, employees and trade unions, public bodies and the Scottish Government.
  • Support the Scottish Government's objectives of increasing sustainable economic growth and reducing inequality through the promotion of greater diversity, innovation and equality in the workplace.
  • Understand business challenges in adopting Fair Work principles and offer help to support a progressive change.

In developing the Framework, the Convention should learn from National and international research and leading-edge practice in this area to provide independent advice to the Scottish Government on matters relating to Fair Work and will include:

  • Progressive workplace policies which improve productivity and innovation.
  • Promoting greater workplace democracy, employee voice and commitment.
  • Better opportunities for employee development, skills development and lifelong learning.
  • Best practice in industrial relations to encourage constructive dialogue in a range of different sectors and workplaces.
  • Enhanced discussions between unions, employers, public bodies and Government departments.
  • Potential extension of collective and sectoral bargaining in Scotland.
  • Increased focus on workplace equality issues across the private, public and third sectors.
  • The Living Wage and other aspects of fair remuneration.


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