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The Fair Work Convention Appoints Mary Alexander as its New Co – Chair

The Fair Work Convention have appointed Mary Alexander as its new Co-Chair. Mary will take up the role replacing longstanding Co-Chair Grahame Smith who is standing down from the Convention after four years. Mary Alexander is Deputy Regional Secretary of Unite in Scotland and is a member of the Fair Work Convention. Mary is a … Read more

Scotland needs 79,000 new workers to meet net zero goals – The Herald

Read today’s Herald Article Covering the recommendations from our Fair Work Convention Construction Inquiry Report ‘SCOTLAND won’t meet its climate change targets unless 79,000 more construction workers are recruited by the end of the decade, ministers have been warned. An inquiry by the Fair Work Convention (FWC) warned some 50,000 plumbers, electricians, joiners and other tradespeople … Read more

Building Fair Work into the Construction Industry

An independent review of working practices in Scotland’s construction industry by the Fair Work Convention, published today (7 April 2022), is calling for urgent interventions by Government, employers, unions and industry leadership groups to improve the quality of work for the 130,000 strong workforce in Scotland and to help embed fair work into Scotland’s £7 … 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

Fair Work Convention join with SCVO in Strategic Partnership

Scotland’s Fair Work Convention and the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) have joined together to form a strategic partnership, working to ensure fair work drives success, wellbeing and prosperity for individuals and organisations within the voluntary sector across Scotland. The SCVO is the national membership organisation for the voluntary sector. Its mission is to … 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

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

Real Living Wage Increases to £9.90 in Scotland as living costs rise

The Fair Work Convention Co Chairs Professor Patricia Findlay and Grahame Smith welcome the announcement from the Living Wage Foundation that the Real Living Wage will increase to £9:90. Commenting on the announcement, Professor Patricia Findlay said: “Increasing the Real Living Wage is absolutely crucial as part of the fight against poverty in Scotland as … Read more

Rising to the Challenge: a Just Transition and Fair Work – On-Line Webinar

Rising to the Challenge: a Just Transition and Fair Work is a webinar hosted by the Fair Work Convention on Tuesday 23 November, 2021 at 4pm – 5:30pm. It is an opportunity to reflect on the 26th UN Climate Change Conference and to explore and discuss the action Scotland must now take to create a … Read more

Scottish Government introduces a requirement to pay the Real Living Wage to public contracts.

The Fair Work Convention Co Chairs Professor Patricia Findlay and Grahame Smith welcome the announcement from the Scottish Government on introducing a requirement to pay the real Living Wage to public contracts. Commenting on the announcement, Professor Patricia Findlay said: The Fair Work Convention welcomes today’s announcement from the Scottish Government. Low pay is one … Read more