Economy Secretary to announce measures aimed at protecting workers' rights

22 March 2018, 06:00 | Updated: 22 March 2018, 07:16

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A series of measures aimed at protecting and promoting the rights of workers will be outlined by the Economy Secretary at Holyrood on Thursday.

Keith Brown will make the announcement during the Scottish Government's debate on fairness in the workplace.

He will unveil a plan offering more support through trade unions and a "strategic vision" to make Scotland a "fair work nation".

Speaking ahead of the debate, Mr Brown said: "We know that fair work is not just good for employees, it can also deliver real and sustainable business benefits, boosting productivity, workplace innovation and competitiveness.

"This landmark debate will underline the importance that this government places on building greater fairness in the workplace and across our society.

"Scotland is ahead of the curve when it comes to championing fairness in the workplace and we are the best-performing country in the UK in terms paying the living wage.

"We are also fully committed to closing the gender pay gap, halving the disability employment gap and promoting race equality through the Race Equality Framework for Scotland."