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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-19957: Kezia Dugdale (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 16 November 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on Edinburgh's Hogmanay volunteer strategy, in light of concerns in relation to unpaid work.

Answered by: Ben Macpherson 3 December 2018

Volunteering at festivals and major events offers opportunities to gain new skills and experience, and to be part of something special. It is essential, however, that volunteers are treated fairly. Volunteers should complement paid professionals in the delivery of an event and should never replace those paid professionals. Therefore, it is encouraging that the organisers of Edinburgh Hogmanay have published the Volunteer Engagement Plan, to address concerns from last year relating to unpaid work.

It is encouraging too that the Volunteer Engagement Plan reflects the City of Edinburgh Council’s Code of Conduct for the use of Volunteers at Festivals and Events, which was developed in conjunction with key stakeholders including Unite the Union.

We will continue to work with stakeholders to promote fair working practices.