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‘Fire and Rehire’- A test for Scotland’s Fair Work Principles

The GMB’s industrial action with Centrica/ British Gas last week has pushed once again the practice of ‘fire and rehire’ into the spotlight. Again this week 1,000 gas workers across Scotland and thousands more across the UK will go on strike. This is in response to workers being told they must either accept cuts in … Read more

Fair Work Inquiry into the Construction Industry, The Story so far – Mary Alexander

The Fair Work Convention (FWC) launched its Inquiry into Fair Work in the Construction Industry in January this year, 2020. Bringing together a range of representatives from the Fair Work Convention, Local Authorities, Construction Companies, National Bodies engaged in the sector, Trade Unions and others to form the Construction Industry Inquiry Group (CIIG). The groups … Read more

Greater commitment to progress is needed if Scotland is to achieve its ambition of being a Fair Work Nation by 2025

Scotland’s Fair Work Convention has urged a greater commitment by government, employers and trade unions to implementing and progressing fair work if Scotland is to achieve its ambition of being a Fair Work Nation by 2025. The Fair Work Convention’s latest report ‘Fair Work in Scotland’, published today (Tuesday 15 December), analyses official data for … Read more

An update on Fair Work in Scotland’s Social Care Sector – Lilian Macer

When we launched the Fair Work Convention (FWC) Social Care Report in February 2019 no one could have anticipated, less than 12 months later, that we would be in the midst of the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic. The pandemic has brought into sharp focus the need for the recommendations within our report to be escalated and … Read more

Fair Work Convention Self-Assessment tool

A new resource is now available from the Fair Work Convention to help workers self-assess Fair Work issues which affect them in the workplace. The Fair Work Convention’s online Self-Assessment tool is designed to help workers assess and reflect on their own experience of Fair Work and suggest actions they can take to improve upon it. … Read more

Fair Work within the COVID-19 crisis and beyond – Satnam Ner

“Unprecedented” or “crisis” are the most common descriptors attached to Covid-19. The pandemic has caused near-complete turmoil to long-held norms in the traditional world of work. So it wouldn’t be an inaccurate observation that many of the work sectors that have been best able to confront, survive and adapt to the challenges presented by the … Read more

Fair Work Convention statement on Covid19-related issues

The Covid19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown have transformed much of the world of work. Many workers across Scotland have been furloughed, laid off or now work wholly or in part from home. Many others have continued to work in a range of critical occupations ensuring the supply of essential goods and services. There are many … Read more

Podcast – The Importance of Fair Work

Our co-chair Professor Patricia Findlay and Professor Graeme Roy, Director of the Fraser of Allander Institute talk about importance of fair work in the context of the current health and economic crisis. Listen to the podcast here.

Survey of Construction Workers

Do you work in construction in Scotland? Fill in this survey: Construction workers survey and let your voice be heard!

Fair Work in Scotland’s Social Care Sector 2019

On 26 February 2019 the Fair Work Convention published its report Fair Work in Scotland’s Social Care Sector 2019. The report calls for urgent interventions by policy makers, commissioners and leaders in the social care sector to improve the quality of work and employment for the 200,000 strong workforce in Scotland. The report makes 5 … Read more