Conference delegates backed a range of measures to combat
the rise of vulnerable employment and casualisation
across the UK and to restore decent jobs, decent pay
and decent standards in the public, voluntary and private
Scotland's amendment highlighted the Working Together
Review in Scotland which has led to the establishment
of the Fair Work Convention - a stakeholder body providing
leadership in industrial relations and promoting Decent
Work and Dignified Lives for working people.
Scottish Convener, Lilian Macer, was a member of the
Working Together Review and is now one of the trade
union representatives on the Fair Work Convention.
She told delegates that the Review group was tasked
by the Scottish Government to work with trade unions,
private and public sector organisations, academics and
the Scottish Government itself to help identify and
share policies, insights and methods needed to support
the development of more collaborative working environments,
with a clear focus on measures to optimise relationships
between trade unions, employers and the government.
Lilian said: "Last week the First Minister in
Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, told a conference in New
York that in Scotland we oppose the undermining of trade
union rights by the UK government. She also highlighted
the importance of working positively with trade unions
to develop a new model of industrial relations in Scotland
and emphasised that the Scottish Trades Union Congress
is an integral part of the Fair Work Convention."
Lilian pledged that in Scotland UNISON will work with
the Scottish Government "to oppose the vicious
attack on workers' rights by this Tory government."