One in five employees unsure of their workplace rights

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4th July 2019 by Gavin Stuart 0 Comments

One in five workers in Scotland are uncertain about their employment rights, a survey has revealed.

Research for Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) found over three quarters of Scots (77%) were confident that they knew their rights in the workplace, but 15% were not very confident and 4% not at all confident.

These include rights around holidays and sick pay, a CAS spokesperson said.

The organisation is now calling on employers and government to make more effort to make workers aware of their rights.

Meanwhile, the CAB network will to help provide information to people who need to discuss any concerns about how they are being treated in the workplace.

CAS social justice spokeswoman Mhoraig Green said: “It’s important that people understand their basic entitlements so they can stand up against unfair treatment and discrimination at work.

“The Citizens Advice network in Scotland helps and advocates for hundreds of thousands of people every year, including cases of bad treatment in the workplace. These figures back up what we see across our network - too many people simply don’t know what their rights are. 

“People should know that their local Citizens Advice Bureau is there to help if they have a question about how they have been treated at work. That help is free, impartial and confidential.”

 Grahame Smith, general secretary of the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC), said the figures showed more work must be done to ensure workers know their rights.

He added: “The STUC is clear that the best way to protect your employment rights is to join a trade union. 

“We recognise that for those who have not yet joined a trade union that Citizens Advice Scotland can play an important advisory role and signpost people further, and we’d support future cooperation on this.”

Polling organisation YouGov questioned 2078 adults in Scotland for the survey, which was conducted in March.