Fair and Decent Work in Scotland’s Local Authorities: Evidence and Challenges

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  • University of the West of Scotland


Original languageEnglish
JournalPublic Money and Management
Early online date6 Feb 2020
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 6 Feb 2020
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Scottish local authorities (SLAs) are a major employer expected to provide Fair and Decent Work (FDW). The evidence and challenges of FDW in this sector are mapped drawing on semi-structured interviews with human resource (HR) and organization development (OD) personnel. Many SLAs claim to be, and some seem to be, leading in FDW, yet others are reluctant to commit beyond meeting statutory obligations. The delivery of FDW in SLAs matters to managers and more broadly, as SLAs influence FDW more widely, individually in their local and collectively in their national contexts.