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S5W-10822: Patrick Harvie (Glasgow)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 18 August 2017

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the result of the vote on motion S5M-05864 as amended (Protecting Workers' Rights) on 31 May 2017, what action it has taken to support the Better than Zero campaign.

Answered by: Jamie Hepburn 18 September 2017

The Scottish Government is working closely with the Fair Work Convention to promote Fair Work and drive change in all workplaces in Scotland, which is an also an ambition of the STUC’s Better than Zero campaign.

We are encouraging businesses to become exemplars of Fair Work by joining the 399 companies who have already signed the Scottish Business Pledge. The Pledge involves paying the Living Wage alongside a range of other commitments including offering flexible working and avoiding exploitative zero hours.

We have established a new fund to reduce employment inequalities, we are ensuring women are better represented in senior and decision-making roles and we are challenging pregnancy and maternity discrimination.

Furthermore, to protect the rights of workers and limit the impact of the UK Government’s Trade Union Act, we are providing the STUC with £2.2 million to support trade unions learning and skills; £250,000 to help embed fairer work practices in Scottish workplaces; and £100,000 for equality representation and leadership development.