Independence: what you need to know

Information about Scotland's future.


Supporting business and fair work

The Scottish Government’s policies for an independent Scotland at a glance

  • using new powers over employment and equality laws, industrial relations and social security  
  • setting a fair national minimum wage
  • stronger flexible working approaches supporting workers on short-term or zero-hours contracts 

Fair work

Scotland would have full control over employment law, equality legislation, industrial relations and social security. This would make it possible to develop a new approach to fair work.

Building on current fair work policy and learning from the best-performing European nations, this government would take forward measures including:

  • setting a fair national minimum wage, better reflecting the cost of living in Scotland. The minimum wage would be set at the same level for all age groups, benefitting younger people
  •  strengthening access to flexible working to give parents and carers, most of whom are women, more choice over how to balance caring and employment responsibilities 
  • introducing greater transparency in pay reporting to help address Scotland’s gender, disability and ethnicity pay gaps 
  • reversing unfair labour laws recognising that good industrial relations and active trade unions help build a stronger, fairer country 
  • introducing a law to help workers organise co-operative buyouts or rescues when a business is up for sale or under threat 
  • considering a higher minimum standard for statutory sick pay and parental leave, and ensuring statutory public holidays no longer count towards minimum leave entitlements

Read more about fair work in the economy paper.

More information will be added to these pages as the Building a New Scotland papers are published.

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