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Fair Work in Practice - Unite the Union Case Study: Effective Voice

Scottish Union Learning has been working closely with unions across Scottish Apprenticeships to develop apprenticeship standards and frameworks, to progress apprenticeship opportunities with employers and to support Apprentices in their workplaces.

This is the fifth in a series of five apprenticeship case studies from a range of unions working in different sectors. Each case study will focus on a specific Fair Work dimension in practice, although the Fair Work dimensions do not stand in isolation from each other.

Effective Voice

"Effective voice requires leadership and support from employers, workers and unions. Voice is effective where workers have scope to say what they feel, are listened to and where their voice can make a difference. Workers in unionised firms were more likely to point to these characteristics of voice in their workplaces. This is consistent with wider research evidence that suggests that effective voice is most likely where unions are present, and where management and union representatives have the orientation, capability and capacity to communicate, influence and negotiate." Fair Work Framework 2016

Unite the Union: A Construction Sector Case Study

by Tam Kirby, Unite the Union

Effective Voice is a key element of Fair Work. It is essential that young people are able to use their voice without fear of retribution. Trade unions are the most effective organisations to ensure both individual and collective voices are heard.

Apprentices in the main are encountering the workplace for the first time, they can feel isolated and somewhat overwhelmed by the experience and are less likely to raise issues with their employer or immediate supervisors. Unite the Union within the construction sector has identified this as a major concern and has actively sought out and engaged with construction apprentices.

Fair Work in Practice - Unite the Union Case Study: Fulfilment

Scottish Union Learning has been working closely with unions across Scottish Apprenticeships to develop apprenticeship standards and frameworks, to progress apprenticeship opportunities with employers and to support Apprentices in their workplaces.

This is the fourth in a series of five apprenticeship case studies from a range of unions working in different sectors. Each case study will focus on a specific Fair Work dimension in practice, although the Fair Work dimensions do not stand in isolation from each other.

Fulfilment

"It is widely accepted that fulfilment is a key factor in both individual and organisational wellbeing. This includes the opportunity to use one's skills, to be able to influence work, to have some control and to have access to training and development." Fair Work Framework 2016

Unite the Union: A Construction Sector Case Study

by Michael Conroy, Unite the Union

Unite the Union directly engage with the apprenticeship sections of employer federations including the Scottish Building Apprenticeship Training Council (SBATC); the Scottish Painting and Decorating Apprenticeship Council (SPADAC); the Scottish Electrical Charity Training Trust (SECTT); sector skills councils (CITB) and construction sector focused colleges such as City of Glasgow College and West College Scotland to ensure young people entering the Construction Sector have a genuine opportunity to undertake a fulfilling trade apprenticeship.

Fair Work in Practice - NUJ Case Study: Opportunity

Scottish Union Learning has been working closely with unions across Scottish Apprenticeships to develop apprenticeship standards and frameworks, to progress apprenticeship opportunities with employers and to support Apprentices in their workplaces.

This is the third in a series of five apprenticeship case studies from a range of unions working in different sectors. Each case study will focus on a specific Fair Work dimension in practice, although the Fair Work dimensions do not stand in isolation from each other.

Opportunity

"Fair opportunity allows people to access and progress in work and employment and is a crucial dimension of Fair Work." Fair Work Framework 2016

NUJ: A Media Industry Case Study

by Joan Macdonald, NUJ

The American founding Father, Thomas Jefferson, wryly observed that the harder he worked, the luckier he got.

Similarly, when it comes to opportunity, the more privileged a person, the more opportunities they are likely to hear about and take advantage of. At the heart of apprenticeship programmes, then, there need to be strategies to promote equal information regarding opportunities and equal access to those opportunities.

The NUJ have been involved in Modern Apprenticeships since 2014, when we were invited on to a working group with Skills Development Scotland, Creative Skillset and industry employers to shape the Modern Apprenticeship in Creative Media.

We believe the apprenticeship route helps to break down barriers and provides an opportunity to address the problem of inequality of access to the industry and under-representation of minority groups in the media.

Fair Work in Practice - UNISON Case Study: Respect

Scottish Union Learning has been working closely with unions across Scottish Apprenticeships to develop apprenticeship standards and frameworks, to progress apprenticeship opportunities with employers and to support Apprentices in their workplaces.

This is the second in a series of five apprenticeship case studies from a range of unions working in different sectors. Each case study will focus on a specific Fair Work dimension in practice, although the Fair Work dimensions do not stand in isolation from each other.

Respect

"Fair Work is work in which people are respected and treated respectfully, whatever their role and status." Fair Work Framework 2016

UNISON: A Local Authority Case Study

by Kevin Duguid, UNISON

As part of Fair Work, it is essential that people are respected and treated respectfully, whatever their role and status within the workplace is – and this includes apprentices.

Mutual respect is an important aspect of everyday social exchanges and is a crucial element of relationships in the workplace, where a large proportion of our life is spent.

Fair Work in Practice - RMT Case Study: Security

Scottish Union Learning has been working closely with unions across Scottish Apprenticeships to develop apprenticeship standards and frameworks, to progress apprenticeship opportunities with employers and to support Apprentices in their workplaces.

This is the first in a series of five apprenticeship case studies from a range of unions working in different sectors. Each case study will focus on a specific Fair Work dimension in practice, although the Fair Work dimensions do not stand in isolation from each other.

Security

"Security of employment, work and income are important foundations of a successful life." Fair Work Framework 2016

RMT: A Maritime Industry Case Study

by Dan Henderson, RMT

CalMac Ferries are the largest ferry operator in the UK and deliver lifeline services to the Clyde and Hebridean islands off the west coast of Scotland. They have over 1,700 employees, both ashore and onboard. RMT and CalMac have worked very closely, over a number of years, to utilise the Maritime Occupations Framework to deliver high quality Modern Apprenticeships in partnership with City of Glasgow College.

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