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

Signposting to Advice on Good Practice

ACAS (Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service)
Acas provides free and impartial information and advice to employers and employees on all aspects of workplace relations and employment law. They support good relationships between employers and employees which underpin business success. Acas can also help resolve workplace problems by providing Conciliation. Acas also provide good value, high quality training and tailored advice to employers. Their expertise is based on millions of contacts with employers and employees each year and they are governed by an independent council, including representatives of employer and employee organisations and employment experts.

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Adopt an Intern
Adopt an Intern is a not-for-profit organisation that supports the unemployed and underemployed (primarily graduates from all socio-economic backgrounds) to secure paid internships and permanent jobs.

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Citizens Advice Scotland
Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS), through its 61 member bureaux and consumer helpline form Scotland's largest independent advice network. CAS helps more than 300,000 people solve their problems each year in communities everywhere from city centres to the Highlands and Islands. It looks at the problems people bring to its advice services and campaigns for change where it's needed most. CAS works for a fairer Scotland where people are empowered and their rights respected.

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Close the Gap
Close the Gap is a partnership project that works to encourage and enable action to address the gender pay gap. They work with employers and employees providing information, guidance and support. Project partners include the Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Skills Development Scotland, Equality and Human Rights Commission, and Scottish Trades Union Congress.

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Close the Gap has developed a free, online self-assessment tool for small and medium-sized businesses who want to find out how their business can benefit from improved gender diversity. The tool enables businesses to assess current employment practice, and provides tailored advice and guidance on how small changes to the way a business is run can make a big difference to the business and its people. Visit their website for more information or download this pdf document.

Community Jobs Scotland
Community Jobs Scotland (CJS) creates work opportunities for disadvantaged young people within third sector organisations in Scotland. Opportunities are funded by the Scottish Government and delivered by Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations.

Visit this website for more information.

EHRC
The Equality and Human Rights Commission is a statutory body established under the Equality Act 2006. It operates independently to encourage equality and diversity, eliminate unlawful discrimination, and promote and protect human rights. The Commission enforces equality legislation on age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation. It encourages compliance with the Human Rights Act 1998 and is accredited by the UN as an 'A status' National Human Rights Institution.

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Employee Engagement Work Stream (Workforce Scotland)
This project falls within the remit of Workforce Scotland (see below). The aim is to develop a renewed approach to Employee Engagement, as a critical element for the progression of the public service reform agenda. The approach takes the form of a framework which aims to support organisations transform their business by opening up greater understanding of the means by which cultural change can be made real, and subsequently supporting organisations to reinforce the cultural conditions which will enable employees to offer their best contribution at work.

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Engage for Success
This is a national movement which promotes the benefits of employee engagement, for employees and employers alike. The aim is to ensure that everyone working the UK wants, and is able to, give their best each day, so that every day is a great day at work. This is about creating thriving business environments, which are developing through the commitment, energy and creativity of the workforce.

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Engender
Engender is a feminist organisation that has worked in Scotland for 20 years to advance equality between women and men. They can help organisations with equalities projects, impact assessments, or consultancy. They can help organisations to meet legal requirements, find inequalities that are undermining services, and make change that delivers positive outcomes. Engender has worked with a range of public bodies in Scotland to support their equalities work.

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Good Work For All: NHS Health Scotland
This work focuses on the role that Good Work for All can play in reducing inequalities and improving health, by increasing the quantity and quality of work in Scotland. It assumes that action in relation to paid employment is complemented by a social security system that is also designed to protect health and reduce health inequalities. The approach calls for a holistic, sustained, long-term approach which is proportionate to need.

Download this pdf document for more information.

Health & Safety Executive
The HSE's work covers a varied range of activities; from shaping and reviewing regulations, producing research and statistics and enforcing the law. A significant part of the work of the Health and Safety Executive is investigating health and safety incidents.

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Highlands and Islands Enterprise
Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) is the Scottish Government's economic and community development agency. HIE's role is to develop sustainable economic growth across the region. To achieve this it creates infrastructure for future investment, assists large and small businesses with growth aspirations and has a unique role strengthening communities, particularly in fragile areas. As part of this HIE supports communities to acquire and develop land and other assets. HIE also invests in transformational projects across the region aiming to make the Highlands and Islands a more competitive and attractive place to live, work, study and grow.

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Human Rights: Better Culture Innovation Forum
Scotland's National Action Plan for Human Rights (SNAP) aims to build a better human rights culture throughout Scotland, where people understand and can affirm their rights and where organisations are able and accountable for putting them into practice. SNAP contains a commitment to hold Innovation Forums on 'How to Embed a Human Rights Culture', bringing together a wide range of people from public, private and voluntary bodies to share good practice and experience from across Scotland and beyond.

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Innovating Works...improving work and workplaces
The Innovating Works...initiative is built on the idea of extreme collaboration. It is an industry-facing workplace innovation consortium made up of researchers at the University of Strathclyde Business School and based in the Scottish Centre for Employment Research. It brings together the experience and expertise of industry leaders, policy makers and researchers to support 'what works' in workplace innovation that delivers value to all stakeholders. Innovation in the workplace can improve fairness and the quality of working life, career development, work-life balance and effective voice. Workplace innovation can contribute to business outcomes, such as productivity, cost reduction, competitiveness and new product and process creation. More innovative workplaces offering high quality work can support national economic performance, contributing to healthy and fulfilling working lives and improve participation in communities and society. Innovating Works...is currently engaged in research on Fair, Innovative and Transformative Work, focusing on understanding and supporting 'what works' for delivering fair and innovative work in Scotland. Innovating Works...has a free online tool for businesses and organisations to assess the extent to which their practice supports fair, innovative and transformative work. To access this tool for your own organisation's use, contact Innovating Works.

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Investors in People (IIP) Scotland
Investors in People (IIP) Scotland (a publicly owned organisation) aim to transform performance and productivity in Scotland by developing, promoting and supporting the use of good practice models which can also lead to external accreditation. This includes the Investors in People Framework, Investors in Young People, and the Health and Wellbeing Award. IIP Scotland are currently developing a 'Future Leadership' model which will reflect the key themes of the FWC and provide a model for organisations choosing to adopt an innovative and inclusive leadership strategy. IIP Scotland is a key partner in the national Employee Engagement Workstream (Workforce Scotland) outlined above.

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Poverty Alliance
The Poverty Alliance is a membership organisation with a range of varied experience in addressing issues related to poverty and social exclusion. Its membership is made up of a wide range of organisations including grassroots community groups, individuals facing poverty, voluntary organisations, statutory organisations, policy makers and academics. It now act as the national anti-poverty network in Scotland, working with voluntary organisations, policy makers and politicians at Scottish, UK and European levels.

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Scottish Centre for Healthy Working Lives (SCHWL)
The Scottish Centre for Healthy Working Lives (SCHWL) is the national centre of expertise in Scotland in relation to protecting and improving the health of those in work. The principle focus of SCHWL is to work with employers to enable them to understand, protect and improve the health of their employees. This is done through a range of customer-focused solutions and services. These services are provided through a network of advisers, a website (external site) and a telephone Adviceline to help to enable employers to understand, protect and improve the health of their employees and to better support those with health problems who have re-entered work, to remain in work.

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Scottish Enterprise
Scottish Enterprise is Scotland's main economic development agency. It works with a range of public and private sector partners to deliver a significant, lasting effect on the Scottish economy by identifying and exploiting the best opportunities for economic growth.

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Scottish Funding Council
The Scottish Further and Higher Education Funding Council (SFC) is the national, strategic body that is responsible for funding teaching and learning provision, research and other activities in Scotland's 25 colleges and 19 universities and higher education institutions.

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Scottish Living Wage Accreditation
The Scottish Living Wage Accreditation Initiative was established in April 2014 with the aim of increasing the number of employers in Scotland who are recognised for paying their staff the Living Wage. Hosted by the Poverty Alliance, the Initiative works in partnership with the Living Wage Foundation and is funded by the Scottish Government.

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STUC (Scottish Trades Union Congress)
The STUC is Scotland's Trade Union Centre. Its purpose is to co-ordinate, develop and articulate the views and policies of the Trade Union movement in Scotland, reflecting the aspirations of trade unionists as workers and citizens. The STUC has 38 individual unions in membership who represent collectively almost 600,000 workers from all industries, occupations and parts of Scotland.

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Scottish Union Learning (SUL)
Scottish Union Learning (SUL) was established in 2008 to help support unions in offering learning opportunities to their members. It was the result of many years of work dating back to 2000 that was undertaken by the STUC to establish an organisational structure to take forward union learning in Scotland. SUL works within the structure of the STUC to engage with trade unions to develop a strategy for union-led learning in Scotland. With dedicated funding from the Scottish Government, SUL has supported unions in developing and embedding an infrastructure to encourage and support lifelong learning and workforce development in the workplace.

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Scottish Women's Convention
The Scottish Women's Convention was set up in 2003 in recognition of the need to ensure women's voices are reaching policy makers. The Scottish Women's Convention works to develop ways in which to ensure women in Scotland can influence the strategies and policies which affect them. The Scottish Women's Convention is funded by the Scottish Government to communicate and consult with women in Scotland to influence public policy. Through its policy work, round table and celebratory events, the SWC strives to have contact with all women and relevant organisations in Scotland.

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Skills Development Scotland
Skills Development Scotland (SDS) is the national skills body supporting the people and businesses of Scotland to develop and apply their skills. SDS works with partners to deliver Modern Apprenticeships, Foundation Apprenticeships, SDS Individual Learning Accounts and the Employability Fund across Scotland.

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ULab Scotland
The Scottish Government (Local Government and Communities Directorate) is promoting the ULab approach to leadership for transformational change through the development of a new consciousness and a renewed collective leadership capacity to meet challenges in a more conscious, intentional and strategic way, to create a future of greater possibilities. This is now a significant, collective community of public, private and third sector organisations in Scotland, seeking to address many aspects of Scotland's current and changing circumstances. In January, the focus was new ways of working being adopted by German companies in support of self-organisation, participatory leadership, transparency and authenticity. Further information can be accessed here.

Workforce Scotland
This is a collaborative initiative to develop and support the workforce across public service organisations in Scotland. In order to achieve the outcomes that matter to the people of Scotland, the project works in partnership, to unlock the full creativity and potential of people at all levels in public service, and empowering them to work together in innovative ways. Work streams include the Collaborative Leadership and Skilled Worker/Skilled Citizen Programmes.

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YouthLink Scotland
Is the national agency for youth work. It is a membership organisation and is in the unique position of representing the interests and aspirations of the whole of the sector both voluntary and statutory. YouthLink Scotland champions the role and value of the youth work sector, challenging government at national and local levels to invest in the development of the sector. YouthLink Scotland co-ordinate Activity Agreements, which are being delivered to young people across all 32 local authorities in Scotland. Activity Agreements are for those young people who may not, without additional support, make a successful transition to work, further education or training.

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