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Tuesday 13 November 2018

Unions and Scottish Government cosign Fair Work agreement

Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Constitution Derek Mackay has signed a union agreement committing to the application of Fair Work principles across Scottish Government and associated bodies.

These principles, as listed by the Fair Work Convention, include “effective voice [meaning workers are both given a safe space to share their thoughts and challenge decisions, and that their views are actively sought out], opportunity, security, fulfilment and respect”.

The FDA, PCS, POA Scotland and Prospect have all co-signed the agreement, which describes Fair Work as “a key driver of inclusive economic growth as well as an aspect of corporate social responsibility.”

Mackay, who is also the Cabinet Secretary for Fair Work, is passionate about its principles. “Fair work is good for everyone,” he said. “It drives innovation and productivity. And that makes for better businesses.

“We need to lead by example, and that is why, building on the commitment announced by the First Minister to put fair work first by applying fair work criteria to as many funding streams, business support grants and public contracts as we can, this Fair Work Agreement demonstrates our commitment to be a fair work employer.

“It sets out a range of principles agreed between Scottish Ministers and the recognised civil service trade unions that means civil service employers will continue to embed fair work into employment practices.”

National Officer Allan Sampson is similarly delighted with the agreement. “The FDA is proud to be a signatory to this important document. We look forward to working in partnership with Scottish Ministers and employers across the Scottish Sector, ensuring that our members can enjoy the many benefits that will arise from this agreement.

“For FDA members, we expect this agreement will result in increased job and financial security, as well as better physical and mental health. The benefits to employers are likely to be lower absence rates, higher staff engagement, greater productivity and other benefits that come from being recognised as a fair employer, working in a constructive partnership with trade unions.”

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