MSP supports young members campaign in debate on Workers’ Rights.
The Better Than Zero Campaign was unanimously backed in the Scottish Parliament this week, as the Scottish Government reiterated its commitment to workers’ rights.
The campaign, which has held won successive workplace victories over the G1 Group, Sports Direct and Las Iguanas, campaigns against exploitative working conditions, which the campaign group state disproportionally impact upon young workers.
Better Than Zero is unanimously backed and funded by the STUC, Scotland’s largest trade union body. Recently marking their 2nd anniversary since the groups inception, the campaign use a range of creative protest methods, designed by their young members.
Speaking during the debate in the Scottish Parliament, Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse MSP, Christina McKelvie, declared her support for Better Than Zero.
Commenting during the debate, the SNP MSP said:
“I will listen to the likes of the better than zero campaign—a vibrant, young member-led organisation that breaks the mould.
“It leads the way on holding bad bosses to account, shining a light on poor employment practices and educating our young people about their rights in the workplace.
“The better than zero campaign is an example of what can be achieved through the dynamism of youth and fearlessness of spirit., These young activists have defined how the trade union movement should respond to the changing nature of work.”
Bryan Simpson, an Organiser for Better Than Zero, added:
"Yesterday's vote in parliament to support the Better than Zero campaign is a vindication of the hard work of hundreds of activists from Aberdeen to Dumfries who have taken action against unscrupulous working practices.
“Even more significant however, is the Scottish Government's commitment to make public funding for employers dependent on "ethical business practices".
“Given their inclusion in the Scottish Business Pledge and the Fair Work Convention we would hope that such ethical business practices would include at the very least a real living wage and minimum hour contracts"