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Building our Construction Sector on a Foundation of Fair Work – Roz Foyer

Roz Foyer, General Secretary of the Scottish TUC and Fair Work Convention member speaks about her reflections on the recently published Construction Industry Report and its recommendations.    Construction is an important sector in any economy and here in Scotland that is certainly the case with the sector providing over 5% of jobs in Scotland … Read more

P&O Ferries: A Challenge to Employment Law and Fair Work.

Over the last two weeks we have seen a significant and worrying example of industrial relations in practice. The country watched in horror as 800 workers – the entire employed workforce of P&O – were sacked without warning. Added to this, P&O had agency workers already on site to take over the jobs and had … Read more

The Fair Work Convention’s year in review and look ahead to 2022

When The Fair Work Convention was established in 2015, we had a vision that by 2025, people in Scotland will have a world-leading working life where fair work drives success, wellbeing and prosperity for individuals, businesses, organisations and society. But none of us ever foresaw a devastating worldwide health pandemic and the impact it would … Read more

Guest Blog: Professor Jim Skea, Chair of the Just Transition Commission

Having wound up its first phase, and having had all of the recommendations from its March 2021 report accepted by the Scottish Government, the Just Transition Commission now enters the second, and arguably more challenging, phase of its work. In March, we produced 24 recommendations intended to be “realistic, practical and affordable”, as Ministers wanted. … Read more

Rising to the Challenge: a Just Transition and Fair Work – Review

The Fair Work Convention’s ‘Rising to the Challenge: a Just Transition and Fair Work’ webinar was an opportunity to reflect on the 26th UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) and to explore and discuss the action Scotland must now take to create a net zero carbon economy by 2045 that has fair work at its heart. … Read more

New Members blog – Jim Savege

In our next New Members blog is from Chief Executive of Aberdeenshire Council, Jim Savege who reflects on the impact of  COVID-19  and the significance of fair work principles. I am writing this blog whilst at the same time busily packing to head away to see friends and family, many of whom I have not … Read more

New Members blog – Anna Fowlie

Today we hear from Anna Fowlie who is the Chief Executive of the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) and new member of the Fair Work Convention she shares with us her personal experience of working in HR in the 90’s and her reasons for joining the Fair Work Convention.  Let me share a memory of … Read more

The Connection between Fair Work and Black History Month – Satnam Ner

In this short blog I hope, in a small but perhaps obvious way, to touch on the connection between Fair Work and Black History Month. Both are about rebalancing. To varying degrees, the Fair Work dimensions of Effective Voice, Opportunity, Security, Fulfilment and Respect also play a central role in the meeting the underlying objectives … Read more