Date lodged: 7 August 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what it considers the relevant collective agreements are in the engineering construction industry.
Answered by: Jamie Hepburn 18 September 2018
In the context of public procurement, the Statutory Guidance on Addressing Fair Work Practices including the Living Wage in Procurement, published in October 2015, states that we expect contractors who deliver public contracts to take a positive approach to their workforce and adopt policies which demonstrate how they comply with relevant employment, equality and health and safety law, human rights standards and adhere to relevant collective agreements. What may constitute a relevant collective agreement will be determined on a contract–by-contract basis, and the detail of any agreement would be a matter for the employer organisation and its recognised trade union(s). Where such a collective agreement exits, and covers those employees working on the contract, then that agreement will be relevant.