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FAIR WORK CONVENTION FEATURES


Working for a fairer future


Te Fair Work Convention was set up in 2015 and is improving conditions in the construction industry with a special inquiry group focused on the sector – so how is it making a difference to Member businesses?


It’s separate from government but has very strong links to it and acts as an independent advisory body to Scottish ministers. It has five dimensions: respect, fulfilment, security, opportunities and an effective voice. These are the factors that are required to make sure Scotland is a good and fair place to work and they want to achieve these by 2025.


By Fiona Harper Director of Employment and Skills, SELECT


What is the Fair Work Convention? The Fair Work Convention (FWC) was created six years ago and is a collaboration between groups including trade unions, employers and academics.


How are you involved? Last year the FWC launched the Construction Industry Inquiry Group to look at issues within the sector and I’m a member of this group through my role as The Secretary of the SJIB. The FWC’s five dimensions are the same objectives that are in the SJIB agreement – there’s a slight difference in emphasis and language, but the ethos is there. The SJIB agreement is now 50 years old but it’s withstood the passage of time.


It embraces those same dimensions as the FWC and that’s why we got involved. They’re also interested in what our part of the industry does. Construction often gets a bad press but electrical contractors and electricians are viewed by many as the elite – and that’s where we should always aspire to be.


What are some of the issues the inquiry group has looked at? Procurement is one the of the issues. It’s difficult to see a clear path to resolve this aspect of the sector because we’ve got to deal with issues such as retentions and low value tendering which the current procurement models don’t help with. It’s interesting to see the work that Alan Wilson, SELECT’s Managing Director, has done, as well as others


26 CABLEtalk AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2021


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