Date lodged: 10 December 2018
To ask the Scottish Government whether it expects employers engaged in the delivery of public sector contracts to recognise trade unions.
Answered by: Jamie Hepburn 20 December 2018
The Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act 2014, provides for Scottish Ministers to publish Statutory Guidance on Addressing Fair Work Practices, including the Living Wage, in Procurement. This Guidance was published in October 2015, after consultation with Trade Unions. It states that where a Fair Work criterion is included in a procurement exercise, bidders are expected to describe how they adopt fair work practices, including, for example, their approach to supporting trade union recognition or alternative arrangements to give staff an effective voice.