FDA welcomes Fair Work Framework’s recognition of trade unions’ ‘crucial role’ in creating and maintaining fair workplaces throughout Scotland


21 March 2016
(For immediate release)

Reacting to today's publication of the Fair Work Framework by the Fair Work Convention - the stakeholder body appointed by the Scottish Government to produce a fair employment framework for Scotland - FDA National Officer for Scotland Allan Sampson said:

"The FDA welcomes the report's statement that 'trade unions have a crucial role to play… in contributing to making workplaces more effective and prosperous for all'.

"At a time where the Government in Westminster is carrying out an unwarranted attack on the operation of trade unions via the Trade Union Bill, it is refreshing to see this report acknowledge their importance, in order to 'increase job security and equality and… help deliver wide-ranging individual and collective benefits'.

"The FDA also welcomes the report's call for 'investment in learning, personal development and career advancement'. Governments need to recognise that high-quality training and development outcomes require a genuine resource and time commitment.

"We call upon the Scottish Government and related employers to embrace the report's recommendation that organisations throughout Scotland provide an effective voice, security, equality of opportunity, and respect for employees."

Notes for editors

1. The FDA is the trade union for the UK's senior public servants and professionals. FDA membership includes more than 18,000 senior civil servants, Government policy advisors, prosecutors, diplomats, tax professionals, economists, solicitors and other professionals working across Government and the NHS.

2. More about the FDA's 'New Government: New Deal' campaign can be found at www.fda.org.uk/New-Government-New-Deal

3. The FDA (formerly the First Division Association) should be referred to simply as "The FDA" and can be described as "the senior public servants' union".

4. The FDA can be found on Twitter @FDA_union and at www.fda.org.uk.

5. For further information contact:

• Allan Sampson, FDA National Officer, tel: 0131 226 4708 or 07834 924328.

• Kay Hender, Communications Manager, tel: 020 7401 5555 or 07980 700747.