Commenting on the launch of the Scottish Government’s refreshed statutory procurement guidance , Co-Chairs of the Fair Work Convention Mary Alexander and Patricia Findlay said:
“The refresh of the statutory procurement guidance is welcome and highlights the importance that the Scottish Government places on fair work conditionality. Importantly the guidance now permits public bodies to require payment of the Real Living Wage as a condition of contract and we hope to see this applied across the public sector.
“The Convention’s construction inquiry exposed the importance of monitoring and enforcement in making fair work requirements meaningful, and calls for fair work to be given a weighting of at least 10% in all contracts. We hope that this guidance lays the foundation for meaningful change in how fair work is applied within procurement, driving up standards for workers in Scotland.”