Unite welcomes Scottish parliament motion calling for ...

Unite welcomes Scottish parliament motion calling for improvements in worker’s rights

31 May 2017

Scotland’s biggest union, Unite has today (Wednesday 31 May) welcomed a motion and amendments tabled at the Scottish parliament calling for improvements in worker’s rights. The motion and amendments call for the repeal of Tribunal Fees when powers over tribunals are devolved and further call on the UK government to protect workers and trade unions by repealing the Trade Union Act.

They also recognise the work done by Better Than Zero and propose to make access to government support and funding, by businesses “dependent on clear ethical and environmentally-responsible business practices.” 

For Unite and the Better Than Zero campaign this should mean an end to zero hours contracts, the payment of the real living wage and unfettered access to organise workers; conditions which are included within Unite’s Hospitality Charter.

Unite Scotland’s hospitality sector organiser, Bryan Simpson said: “Unite congratulates those MSPs who have tabled proposals to extend fair work and workers’ rights, end employment tribunal fees and call upon the UK government to repeal the anti-Trade Union Act. Unite will resolve however to continue the pressure on the Scottish government to ensure that fair work practices are adopted until such times as this becomes a reality.

“Workers across Scotland have faced an unprecedented attack on their wages, terms and conditions in recent years, which has been exacerbated by the introduction of the Trade Union Act. This motion and amendments serve notice on bad work and bad employers that this type of behaviour will affect their access to Scottish government support and funding.”  

“In the meantime, in the hospitality industry in particular, we will continue to campaign for the objectives of our hospitality sector charter which codifies the reforms required to transform the sector for the benefit of the workers within it. These include the real living wage, an end to discriminatory youth rates and stricter anti-sexual harassment policies for the workplace.”


Notes to editors 

For further information contact Bryan Simpson on or on 07891118390

Unite Scotland is the country’s biggest and most diverse trade union with 150,000 members across the economy. The union is led in Scotland by Pat Rafferty.

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  • Unite’s Fair Hospitality campaign Fair Hospitality Campaign seeks to equip precarious workers with the knowledge to access their employment rights, organising skills and collective confidence to transform the sector 
  • The Charter launch on 25th May heard from hospitality workers from across the country who have been affected by poverty pay, workplace sexual harassment or having their tips stolen. There were workshops from leading young activists in the public and private sector their rights at work and how to enforce them through collective organisation.
  • The Charter will have its political launch at Holyrood on 15th June in the Livingstone Room from 2pm-4pm where members will hear from experts and workers as to the need for a voluntary charter of worker’s rights for the hospitality sector.