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Meeting of the Parliament 20 November 2014 : Thursday, November 20, 2014
8. Chic Brodie (South Scotland) (SNP)

To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with football authorities regarding youth football contracts. (S4O-03728)



Meeting of the Parliament 20 November 2014 : Thursday, November 20, 2014
Chic Brodie

The future of Scotland’s football resides in the successful development of young male and female footballers. Some recent reports and evidence earlier this year at a Public Petitions Committee round-table session on youth football—to which the cabinet secretary alluded—suggest that the contracted employment conditions of young footballers might be a matter for review. Will the Government at least engage with the authorities and have them consider an in-depth review?



Meeting of the Parliament 13 November 2014 : Thursday, November 13, 2014
5. Chic Brodie (South Scotland) (SNP)

To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body what decision it has made on the employment of family members of MSPs and whether this complies with the requirements of European laws on employment, discrimination and human rights and whether the legal requirements of any consequent redundancies will be complied with. (S4O-03698)



Meeting of the Parliament 13 November 2014 : Thursday, November 13, 2014
Chic Brodie

In the event of job redundancies, I wonder what rules will be put in place to assist MSPs on the basis that there cannot be a like-for-like job replacement under redundancy law. How will the administrative support jobs be different?



Meeting of the Parliament 13 November 2014 : Thursday, November 13, 2014
Chic Brodie (South Scotland) (SNP)

Before Cameron Buchanan goes on to the ONS, will he comment on the statement by the Bank of England’s chief economist that the

“fall in real wages since their pre-recession peak … is unprecedented since at least the mid-1800s”?

Does he accept that, contrary to what he suggests, George Osborne has failed to protect the living standards of the people of Scotland?



Meeting of the Parliament 13 November 2014 : Thursday, November 13, 2014
Chic Brodie

Many companies do not have trade union representation. What should happen to employees vis-à-vis board positions in those companies?



Meeting of the Parliament 13 November 2014 : Thursday, November 13, 2014
Chic Brodie (South Scotland) (SNP)

I welcome the debate. The key word for me is “productivity”. I also welcome most of the working together review paper that was produced by the review group under the esteemed leadership of Jim Mather and the STUC.

I hope that members will forgive me if I seek to draw on my personal experience of running companies across eight countries in Europe, and my attendant education in workplace matters, and then, on returning to Scotland, my role as a company troubleshooter/doctor—call it what you will—assisting companies that were facing financial or managerial difficulties. From that experience, it became clear to me that to achieve growth—to grow and sustain employment, to optimise profitable growth and to secure greater returns for employees, owners and all stakeholders—the potential for conflict between capital, in the form of owners and shareholders and, in some cases, management, and labour, in the form of trade unions and/or non-unionised employees, which is still going on in some quarters in the UK, had to be eradicated or at least minimised.

My experience—primarily with work councils in Germany—was that bringing together capital and labour to work more closely required the greater participation of employees in the formulation of working practices; encouragement for employees to do some of the decision making; and their minor equity participation in the company of which they were a part. In Fife, in one company that I was involved in turning around, having got rid of the board, employees who had more than one year of employment with the company were allotted board shares. It was a minority shareholding but it was still shares and involvement in the company’s equity. There was no pension fund, but there has been capital growth in the shares and the company’s profitable revenues have grown three times—most of that since I left—over the past eight years, in which time the company has been under strong management by former employees. That capital growth should and will secure a pot of income for the employees when they retire and sell their shares back to the company.

Members might say, “That’s the private sector. What about the public sector?” There was once a proposal that in public sector organisations with a committed cost base, in the event of the cost coming in below that, part of the financial benefit should revert to the employees who, as I have said, should be participating in the decision making—in the public sector as well as in the private sector.

There is no greater evidence of that kind of participation than in the rapidly burgeoning social enterprise sector, which is now producing 5 per cent of Scotland’s GDP. There are many employee stakeholders in that sector, which gives an indication of how full participation in developing productivity benefits employees. That contribution can come about only through the further enlightenment of shareholders, management and employees—be they unionised or non-unionised—in the workplace. That is highlighted in the review group paper on developing capability in industrial relations. Communication and understanding are absolutely key to what, ostensibly, should be a capital and labour joint operation to promote success, just as the review paper requests that the STUC, Skills Development Scotland and the Scottish funding council should lead the charge on employees—whether union led or not—and middle management securing the learning to fulfil the ever-changing demands and economies of the workplace and the community and democracy within it.



Meeting of the Parliament 13 November 2014 : Thursday, November 13, 2014
Chic Brodie

I did not say that I disagreed with any of it. There are many companies in which, as I said in my question to Ms Marra, there is no trade union base. We have to encapsulate democracy in those organisations and encourage employee elections of representatives to—dare I call them this—works councils. The employee’s voice must be heard, which is also in the interest of the owners and shareholders, because that shared commitment boosts productivity, as I have indicated.

Thereby, employees all become stakeholders and partners in the enterprise, whether in the private or public sector, in relation to which I talked not about a revenue base but about a committed cost base. Participation in decisions, equity share and communication are pointers to a fairer, more equal and more constructive work environment.

The establishment of a fair work convention to promote equality, partnership and co-operation will be the foundation on which we can face the social and economic challenges and take the opportunities that the global economy—and our place in it—will throw up. It is not just about securing fair pay, although that is obviously key, but about embracing the financial and relationship dividends that will flow from the convention and from the provisions that I suggested earlier in my speech.

The success of any business demands recurring innovation, product renewal and diversification, capital investment, efficiency and strong marketing and selling, but at the end of the day all that must be underpinned by the ethos that having the high-wage, high-productivity economy that I believe we all want, married to sustainable growth in employment demand, necessitates fair, just and equal industrial relations borne out of good process and good communications.

Finally, the onus is on all employers and on management and employees in the private and public sector alike to make that communication and process an urgent priority. The working together review group has taken a good step forward. We now have to move very fast.



Meeting of the Parliament 13 November 2014 : Thursday, November 13, 2014
Chic Brodie

For clarity, I said that I agree with most of the report, and I agree with all of it. I said that it could be extended to those who do not have union representation. As Jim Eadie said, there are companies with more than 35 employees where employees might not be trade union members. We do not want a division in society.



Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee 12 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Chic Brodie (South Scotland) (SNP)

I promised that I would not mention spaceports today, and I will not—

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S4M-11567.2 Margaret Mitchell: Lowering the Drink Drive Limit—As an amendment to motion S4M-11567 in
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S4M-11507.1 Cameron Buchanan: Progressive Workplace Policies to Boost Productivity, Growth and Jobs—
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NoDefeated

S4M-11507 Angela Constance: Progressive Workplace Policies to Boost Productivity, Growth and Jobs—Th
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YesCarried

S4M-11494.3 Jackie Baillie: Welfare Benefits for People Living with Disabilities—As an amendment to
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NoDefeated

S4M-11494.2 Alex Johnstone: Welfare Benefits for People Living with Disabilities—As an amendment to
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S4M-11494 Margaret Burgess: Welfare Benefits for People Living with Disabilities—That the Parliament
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S4M-11484.1 Jackson Carlaw: Human Rights—As an amendment to motion S4M-11484 in the name of Roseanna
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NoDefeated

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Motion S4M-11191: Chic Brodie, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 12/10/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10721: Chic Brodie, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 04/08/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10603: Chic Brodie, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 13/07/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10352: Chic Brodie, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 16/06/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09044: Chic Brodie, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 14/02/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09041: Chic Brodie, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 14/02/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09035.1: Chic Brodie, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 14/02/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-08959: Chic Brodie, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 05/02/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-08543: Chic Brodie, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 08/12/2013 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-08536: Chic Brodie, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 06/12/2013 Show Full Motion >>
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Question S4O-03728: Chic Brodie, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 10/11/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-23042: Chic Brodie, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 06/11/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03698: Chic Brodie, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 05/11/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03565: Chic Brodie, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 22/09/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03401: Chic Brodie, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 18/06/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03334: Chic Brodie, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 04/06/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03283: Chic Brodie, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 21/05/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4F-02117: Chic Brodie, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 19/05/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03248: Chic Brodie, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 14/05/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03203: Chic Brodie, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 30/04/2014 Show Full Question >>

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