The importance of the Fair Work Convention


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

  • the Fair Work Vision by 2025 aims for people in Scotland to have a world leading working life where Fair Work drives success, wellbeing and prosperity for individuals, businesses, organisations and society

  • the definition of Fair Work is work that offers all individuals effective voice, opportunity, security, fulfilment and respect

  • its purpose is to balance the rights and responsibilities of employers and workers which can generate benefits for individuals, organisations and society

There are 5 indicators of Fair Work

1. Improving respect at work

  • closing the pay gap

  • health, safety and wellbeing

2. Improving security at work

  • offering stable contracts

  • paying the real living wage

3. Improving opportunity at work

  • employing and retaining a diverse workforce

  • flexible Working

4. Improving fulfilment at work

  • access to training and development

  • encouraging personal growth and career progression

5. Improving effective voices at work

  • trade union or employee representation

  • clear communication channels

Extensive research has shown that the outcomes of implementing fair work practices include:

  • improved mental wellbeing

  • increased talent retention

  • increased job satisfaction

  • reduced in-work poverty

  • improved employee skills

  • increased productivity

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