The Global Deal

News release: Scotland joins the Global Deal partnership


November 2021

The Global Deal is pleased to welcome Scotland as a new partner. As part of their commitment to the Global Deal, the Scottish Government has made a pledge to become a Fair Work Nation by 2025. The aim is to create a more equal society, with more diverse and inclusive workplaces, and to improve workers’ rights and protections. Labour market challenges, such as demographic changes, the introduction of new technologies, and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, have further accelerated the need for measures to support decent work.

The strategic approach Scotland is taking to achieve these goals is set out in the Fair Work Action Plan, which is based on the principles of effective voice, opportunity, security, fulfilment and respect. Effective voice is key to strengthen social dialogue, and ensure fair work outcomes.


“I am delighted Scotland will be joining partners around the world, including Scotland’s Fair Work Convention, to tackle inequalities and promote social dialogue.

“The Scottish Government’s Fair Work agenda sits at the very heart of our pandemic recovery. Fair Work is good for business, good for workers and good for our economy. Treating workers fairly will help create more diverse and inclusive workplaces where workers have better pay, greater job security, can develop their skills and have an effective voice in the workplace.

“This agenda aligns with the goals and purpose of the Global Deal, and I’m pleased to have the opportunity to reaffirm and share our commitment to delivering a greener, fairer economy in Scotland, while learning from the experience and approaches taken in other countries.”

Richard Lochhead
Minister for Just Transition, Employment and Fair Work

 Scotland joins the Global Deal


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