Everyone deserves fair work. But for more and more people, the work becomes more intense and more precarious. Real wages have fallen across the economy and discrimination continues. The link between mental health and work is becoming more and more understood. Most employment rights are defined by the British government. The STUC, in collaboration with our sister organisations, the TUC, the Wales TUC and the Irish TUC, is committed to The Westminster Legislation for the Protection of Workers. We also support the decentralisation of labour law for Scotland. We are committed to building on this strong commitment and have developed a fair working agreement between Scottish ministers and recognised public service unions. The agreement contains a number of principles for the implementation of labour and labour relations, in accordance with the principles set out in the Fair Labour Convention. The agreement demonstrates its commitment that the Scottish governing bodies are employers for fair work and that they have committed themselves to constantly seeking to improve policies and practices in this area.
This is the best way to do that in partnership with the unions. The agreement will be used by institutions under the direct control of Scottish ministers to anchor fair work in local labour relations with their recognised unions. These include the bodies covered by the Scottish Government`s main bargaining unit. In addition, the other public service departments and non-ministerial services that are not part of the bargaining unit (Crown Office, Registers of Scotland, Scottish Prison Service, Scottish Prison Courts and Tribunal Service) have confirmed that they will also accept the agreement. Unions will use the principles of the agreement to engage with the above-mentioned employers to integrate them into local industrial agreements. As an employer, the Scottish Government has played a leading role in introducing fairer working practices. This implies that fair work is work that offers everyone an effective voice, opportunity, security, accomplishment and respect. It compensates for the rights and obligations of employers and workers.
It brings benefits to individuals, organizations and society. It sets out a series of measures to help employers adopt more equitable work practices, including a benchmarking tool for current practices. The aim is to bring together an intergovernmental approach to address the root causes of gender inequality in the labour market. We work to ensure that fair work promotes the success, well-being and prosperity of individuals, businesses, organisations and society across Scotland. In November 2017, we announced that they would work with Poverty Alliance to build on this success and create a Wage Nation Life. This implies that it is a reasonable desire to want fair work and to make fair work accessible to all. Fair opportunities provide citizens with access to work and employment and are an essential dimension of fair work.