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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-16861: Rachael Hamilton (Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 23 May 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to raise awareness of the support that is available for the victims of workplace bullying.

Answered by: Jamie Hepburn 7 June 2018

The Scottish Government has made clear that bullying and harassment of any worker, under any circumstances, is unacceptable.

Through the Scottish Government's endorsement and promotion of the Fair Work Convention's Framework, we are making clear that every worker, regardless of status or position, should be treated fairly and with respect.

Where workers feel they have been unfairly treated, they may have the option of raising concern through their workplace bullying and harassment process or seeking support from their trade union representative. The Scottish Government also promotes the role of ACAS in providing advice and support on workplace issues.

Where fair work has not been delivered, the Scottish Government believes that all workers should have access to justice via an Employment Tribunal. We have therefore secured powers over the management of the Employment Tribunal in Scotland to protect the rights of workers and prevent barriers to justice being imposed by the UK Government, such as the reintroduction of an Employment Tribunal fee regime.