Thu 14 Jan, 2016

Patrick Harvie, Economy spokesperson for the Scottish Greens and MSP for Glasgow, today (14 Jan) welcomed the findings of a Holyrood inquiry into Work, Wages and Wellbeing, which calls on the Scottish Government to drive up employment standards and eliminate bad practice.Patrick Harvie_small

The Economy Committee's report notes that the quality of jobs has been falling, many people find themselves in insecure employment, and many may be suffering ill-health as a result of poor quality employment, impacting on productivity.

Committee member Patrick Harvie said:

"This report makes clear to the Scottish Government the need not only to create better jobs but to ensure workers are respected, have a voice and can access support. I have long argued that the public purse should not support exploitative businesses who fail to provide such basic workers' rights.

"We know that in Scotland today there are too many people struggling with irregular work, unsafe working conditions and a lack of training and involvement in company decisions. Scotland can do better and the Scottish Government's Fair Work agenda is a welcome step but we must be bolder. We must ensure companies in receipt of government support are not allowed to drag their feet when it comes to responsible employment."


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