FABIANI CALLS FOR POWER TO PROTECT VULNERABLE WORKERS

 Linda Fabiani MSP for East Kilbride is calling on the UK Government to devolve matters relating to work and pensions following a report which points to an alarming erosion of vulnerable workers’ rights in Scotland.

A Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) report published on Monday reveals Scots are being exploited by employers who feel they can treat their employees unfairly because of the recession.

Linda said “Scotland is leading the way on employment rights where it has the power to do so, but Holyrood needs full control over employment rights in order to reverse the erosion of protection for workers.

“It is unacceptable that workers are being treated unfairly and living in fear of losing their jobs to the point where they are being forced to work extra hours or have their contractual terms altered without consultation.

“The Scottish Government is operating every lever at our disposal to create an environment where staff can operate in a workplace free from fear or exploitation such as introducing the living wage for all workplaces under the control of the Scottish Government and encouraging councils across the land to follow suit.

“The Scottish Government does not currently have the powers it needs to prevent unscrupulous employers from exploiting their staff as it would wish to do. This report from CAS send a clear message that vulnerable workers in Scotland cannot trust Westminster to protect them – they need the Scottish Government to have full powers to look after and stand up for employment rights.”

 

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CAS REPORT: http://www.cas.org.uk/news/2012+news/February/Thousands+of+Scots+workers+being+exploited+by+rogue+employers

NHS Scotland praised for relations: http://www.google.com/hostednews/ukpress/article/ALeqM5iOPDNP8l9FhDDRZaZxmtfoK_eO2g?docId=N0257511328065055442A

Living wage welcomed in Scotland:

http://www.snp.org/media-centre/news/2012/feb/aberdeen-msp-welcomes-move-towards-living-wage

 

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