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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5O-01761: Rona Mackay (Strathkelvin and Bearsden)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 31 January 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what action it can take to end unpaid work trials.

Answered by: Jamie Hepburn 7 February 2018

The Scottish Government opposes the use of unpaid work trials and is concerned about how the Department for Work and Pensions is promoting them through Jobcentre Plus.

If a trial period is offered, then this should be paid whether this leads to permanent employment or not.

Whilst employment law is reserved to Westminster, we are using all levers at our disposal to promote Fair Work and to tackle worker exploitation. Initiatives such as the Scottish Business Pledge, encouraging the payment of at least the real Living Wage, and supporting strong industrial relations, are making a real difference to workers throughout the country.