Review of Scottish workplace policies

Businesses, academics and trade unions will work with the Scottish Government to improve working environments.

Entitled ‘Working together: progressive workplace policies in Scotland', the independent review aims to reform workplace policies to boost innovation and enhance employer-employee relations.

The group will be chaired by former Enterprise Minister Jim Mather and will make recommendations on:

  • Methods to boost productivity, support the labour market and workplace development
  • Best practice for workplace relations and how to encourage it among businesses
  • Promoting workplace democracy, diversity and equality.

The group will announce its findings in July 2014.

Scottish Finance Secretary John Swinney said:

"Together with the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) and senior business partners, the review will help foster a constructive and collaborative approach to industrial relations, helping create stronger relationships between government, employers and trade unions.

"Through this dialogue and co-operation we will be able to create a direct connection between well-rewarded and sustained employment and promote progressive workplace policies, productivity and innovation."

Grahame Smith, general secretary of the STUC, said:

"A successful and sustainable Scottish economy is in all our interests. In workplaces across the country, unions and employers are working together to create the conditions that enable organisations to be more productive, jobs to be more secure, workers to be treated and rewarded fairly and engaged in the decisions that affect their working lives.

"I am hopeful that this review will extend existing good practice and make Scotland renowned as a great place in which to work."