Fair Work Framework 2016
As previously indicated, we have one overarching recommendation: that organisations deliver fair work in the dimensions outlined here, providing effective voice, opportunity, security, fulfilment and respect. We believe that these dimensions, taken together, give the most complete description of what every working person in Scotland should be able to expect of their workplace. To our knowledge, such an explicit statement of the importance of fair work is not in existence anywhere else in the world.
In all the discussions that we have had - with a wide cross-section of individuals, workers and their trade unions, employers and their representative bodies, public agencies, academics and campaigning organisations - no one disagreed from our starting point that fair work was something worth striving for.
Our remit as the Fair Work Convention was to create a Framework for the future of fair work in Scotland. We saw this as a real opportunity to set the bar high, to be ambitious, to create a vision for Scotland that would not only inspire companies, organisations, unions and government but every working person in Scotland139 We have outlined what can be gained in
each of the dimensions identified, and suggested ways in which to start or continue on the fair work journey. In doing this, we seek to inform and inspire in relation to the opportunities which fair work offers. We invite everyone to make their voices heard in this debate and to rise to the challenge of delivering fair work in Scotland. The Convention will help with this challenge
in any way we can.
We believe we have created a Framework that is clear, understandable and aspirational and that all good employers can aim for. While we have considered extensive evidence and opinion, at the heart of the Fair Work Framework is, we believe, a simple truth: that drawing on all of the talents, skills, experience and creativity in our workforces is good for workers, good for
business and good for Scotland.
This document represents our first output - the start of our work as a Convention. We move into our next phase with great enthusiasm and commitment. We are inspired by the good practice we have seen, motivated by the poor practice that needs to change and encouraged by the strength of will we encountered across the country that people in Scotland should and can have a world-
leading working life where fair work drives success, equality, wellbeing and prosperity for all.
TO OUR KNOWLEDGE, SUCH AN EXPLICIT STATEMENT OF THE IMPORTANCE OF FAIR WORK IS NOT IN EXISTENCE ANYWHERE ELSE IN THE WORLD.
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