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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-16580: Neil Findlay (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 14 May 2018

To ask the Scottish what its response is to the request by the Transport Salaried Staffs' Association (TSSA) for a high-level summit to be convened to discuss ways to address the alleged culture of sexism in ScotRail.

Answered by: Humza Yousaf 29 May 2018

The Scottish Government believes that there is no place in Scotland for prejudice or discrimination including in the workplace. Everyone deserves to be treated fairly, regardless of their age, disability, gender, gender identity/reassignment, race, religion or sexual orientation.

The Equality Act 2010 legally protects people from discrimination in the workplace and any reports of discrimination must be treated seriously by the employer.

I would encourage on-going dialogue between employers and unions as this is an important element of Fair Work. If parties decided a summit was appropriate then the Scottish Government would be supportive.

I can also confirm I have agreed to the TSSA's request to meet to discuss concerns regarding sexism in the workplace, this approach has been welcomed by TSSA.