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

Closing remarks

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.


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