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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Fair Work Framework 2016

The Framework: establishing a baseline and moving forward

For each of these dimensions, the Fair Work Convention has set out the benefits to be derived from fairness; some supporting evidence (from Scotland where it exists and from the UK where data for Scotland is not available); what people told us about their experiences in Scotland's workplaces; some suggestions as to how to deliver fair work and examples of good practice.

It is also important to bear in mind some themes that span all of the fair work dimensions: the challenge of multiple disadvantage facing some groups of workers; the range and variety of workplace forms to which fair work must be relevant; the applicability of the Fair Work Agenda across sectors, industries and workplaces of all sizes; the importance of leadership and management commitment to fair work, and the importance of civic Scotland - and of consumers in particular - in shaping fair work along with employers, workers and unions. Crucially, the process of enhancing fair work in Scotland requires co-operation within and outwith the workplace by a broad group of stakeholders with a shared interest in the potential of fair work.

Current data for Scotland tells us something about where we are and provides us with a baseline position from which to track the development of fair work in each of the five dimensions. Beyond this baseline, fair work can be seen as a trajectory or journey of improvement for employers and workers. Businesses and other organisations are currently at different stages of a fair work journey.

The Convention has three important roles in this journey. First, to identify what levers and support can help in moving from aspiration to outcome. Second, to use our convening role to bring together employers, workers, unions and others involved in work and to support them in new forms of dialogue that can help us progress towards fairer work. Third, to track progress, not just at national level but also for sectors as well as for specific groups of workers. Encouraging and supporting progress towards each and all of the dimensions of fair work outlined in this Framework would generate a step change in workplace practice across Scotland.

CURRENT DATA FOR SCOTLAND TELLS US SOMETHING ABOUT WHERE WE ARE AND PROVIDES US WITH A BASELINE POSITION FROM WHICH TO TRACK THE DEVELOPMENT OF FAIR WORK IN EACH OF THE FIVE DIMENSIONS.

 

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