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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-20575: Lewis Macdonald (North East Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 12 December 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what recent assessment it has made of rates of pay for workers in the offshore (a) wind and (b) decommissioning industry.

Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse 9 January 2019

Specific rates of pay for workers in the offshore wind and decommissioning industries are a commercial matter and the Scottish Government has no powers to compel employers to provide such data, as employment law is a specifically reserved under the Scotland Act 1998. Despite Scottish Ministers calling for the devolution of employment law under the Smith Commission process, the Scottish Government has not undertaken its own assessment of pay workers in either industry.

However, in respect of the wider position in the economy, we are currently considering all available options to promote fair work practices, including collective bargaining and payment of the National Minimum Wage and, where possible, the Scottish Living Wage, through Scottish Government procurement contracts.