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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-09370: Jackie Baillie (Dumbarton)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 22 May 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what action it takes to ensure that the terms of the National Agreement for the Engineering Construction Industry apply to all recycling and renewable energy centres.

Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse 7 June 2017

The Scottish Government shares the vision of the Fair Work Convention 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. We would undoubtedly be better able to realise this vision if employment law was a devolved matter.

In the absence of the power to legislate on employment we will continue to use all the levers at our disposal to promote the benefits of fair work. For example, Scotland’s public procurement regulations and statutory guidelines establish rules to require that, where appropriate, fair work practices are considered as part of the procurement process. Individual public bodies are, of course, responsible for compliance with those rules and the contracts that they award.