Fair Work Ministerial Working Group


The Scottish Government has committed to taking a strategic approach to mainstreaming Fair Work by developing a Fair Work Action Plan. The plan sets out how we will achieve the vision for Fair Work to be embedded in all workplaces by 2025. Critical to achieving Fair Work objectives are addressing labour market inequalities and developing diverse and inclusive workforces. The purpose of this Ministerial Working Group is to ensure all portfolios actively support a cross-Government approach to mainstreaming and implementing Fair Work in Scottish workplaces, including supporting implementation of the action plans to address the Gender Pay Gap and employment gap for Disabled People.

These action plans all support the implementation of the Scottish Government’s Labour Market Strategy and other cross portfolio strategies and action plans.


  • to galvanise action and maximise impact of a cross-portfolio approach to Fair Work, including supporting implementation of the Fair Work Action Plan, Gender Pay Gap Action Plan and A Fairer Scotland for Disabled People: Employment Action Plan
  • to provide strategic direction for officials implementing the Fair Work Action Plan, the A Fair Scotland for Women - Gender Pay Gap Action Plan and A Fairer Scotland for Disabled People: Employment Action Plans
  • to identify interventions to be included in Directorate-level Fair Work Action Plans to be developed across portfolios
  • to take the lead driving cross government action on promoting equality in the labour market and ensuring that we have workplaces that reflect Scotland’s diversity

Meeting frequency and structure

  • it is proposed that the group will meet in June 2019 and bi-annually thereafter
  • members may be asked to play a role in key related events, including a Fair Work International Summit in 2019
  • group discussions will be minuted
  • agendas and supporting papers will be circulated to the group one week prior to each meeting
  • ministers will be provided with read-outs from Officials Working Group
  • draft minutes will be circulated not more than two weeks after meetings have taken place
  • secretariat will be provided by the Fair Work Policy Unit
  • lead policy teams will be responsible for completing actions from the Ministerial Working Group


  • Chair - Mr Hepburn, Minister for Business, Fair Work and Skills 
  • Ms Gougeon, Minister for Rural Affairs and the Natural Environment
  • Mr Dey, Minister for Parliamentary Business and Veterans
  • Ms Denham, Minister for Community Safety
  • Ms McKelvie, Minister for Older People and Equalities
  • Mr Macpherson, Minister for Rural Affairs and Natural Environment
  • Mr McKee, Minister for Trade, Innovation and Public Finance

Whilst membership will be limited to named Ministers, additional input may be requested from other representatives (including officials and other key delivery partners such as the Fair Work Convention) when considered necessary.  


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