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S5W-17668: Elaine Smith (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 11 July 2018

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-15590 by Keith Brown on 17 April 2018, what steps it is taking to ensure that all staff in the ferry industry have access to trade union representation.

Answered by: Michael Matheson 1 August 2018

The laws relating to employment, trade unions, their activities and membership/representation are currently a reserved matter and enforcement is therefore an issue for the UK government. However, the Scottish Government believes that a progressive approach to trade unionism is at the very heart of a fairer, more successful society. Trade union representation and collective bargaining agreements ensure that workers have an effective voice in the workplace, and this is a vital aspect of Fair Work which we encourage all employers to adopt.