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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-17212: Jackie Baillie (Dumbarton)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 13 June 2018

To ask the Scottish Government how the implementation of the Public Contracts (Scotland) 2015 regulations is being used to support the delivery of fair work, collective bargaining and effective voice across the engineering construction sector.

Answered by: Derek Mackay 21 June 2018

Legislation passed by the Scottish Parliament, 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 published in October 2015, after consultation with Trade Unions, advises public bodies how to address Fair Work practices within their procurement exercises. It states we expect contractors who deliver public contracts to adhere to relevant collective agreements, and that fair work practices include trade union recognition or alternative arrangements to give staff an effective voice. To support the practical application of the Statutory Guidance, we have worked with the Fair Work Convention and are developing best practice guidance which is due to be published in Summer 2018.