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12 October 2021

The Scottish Government has launched a public consultation into proposals that, by 2025, people in Scotland will have a world leading working life where Fair Work drives wellbeing and prosperity for individuals, businesses and society.

“Through this consultation, you are invited to share views on the action you think needs to be taken to achieve our vision, and who needs to lead and support that action, considering the challenges and opportunities in your sector and your workplace,” the Government said.

With full details available at https://www.gov.scot/publications/consultation-becoming-fair-work-nation, the consultation will remain open for comments until 23 December 2021.

The Fair Work Convention has been in place since April 2015 and acts as an independent advisory body to Scottish Ministers.

It argues that fair work should offer all individuals an effective voice, opportunity, security, fulfilment and respect. Balancing the rights and responsibilities of employers and workers, it generates benefits for individuals, organisations and society.

Fair Work dimensions

According to the Convention, the key dimensions of a fair work policy include the following.

  • Opportunities: it is seen as a reasonable aspiration to want work that is fair — and for fair work to be available to everyone.
  • Security: security of income can contribute to greater individual and family stability and promote more effective financial planning, including investment in pensions.
  • Effective voice: having a say at work is consistent with the broader suite of rights available to citizens in democratic societies.
  • Fulfilment: workers who are fulfilled in their jobs are more likely to be engaged, committed and healthy.
  • Respect: respect at work enhances individual health, safety and wellbeing. Dignified treatment can protect workers from workplace-related illness and injury and create an environment free from bullying and harassment.