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Fair Work First

Fair Work First is the Scottish Government’s policy for driving good quality and fair work in Scotland. Through this approach, the Scottish Government, and its public sector partners, ask organisations to describe how they are committed to progressing towards adopting and how they intend to continue embedding the seven Fair Work First elements: 


  1. appropriate channels for effective voice, such as trade union recognition

  2. investment in workforce development

  3. no inappropriate use of zero hours contracts

  4. action to tackle the gender pay gap and create a more diverse and inclusive workplace; and,

  5. providing fair pay for workers (for example, payment of the Real Living Wage).

  6. offer flexible and family friendly working practices for all workers from day one of employment

  7. oppose the use of fire and rehire practices

 A-ND's commitment to Fair Work First 

At Autism & Neurodiversity North Scotland (A-ND), we continually develop our practice, approach and services to meet the needs of the people we support, their families and wider networks, utilising individual staff abilities, skills, strengths and interests.  


We support staff to develop and grow based on their individual and collective strengths, interests and learning styles.  This starts at the beginning of staff onboarding with us, identifying through the interview process, unique learning styles and approaches that work to support individuals bring their best and full ‘self’ to work.


By continuing to develop our approach and services, we strive to ensure we create a respectful, safe and secure environment that creates opportunity for our people to develop, grow and thrive.  

The Five Fair Work First Elements:

We believe and live our six organisational values at A-ND every day -

  • “We are Innovators”, 

  • “We are Human Rights Led”, 

  • “We are thought leaders”, 

  • “We Value Relationships”, 

  • “We are influencers”, 

  • “We are passionate”


We are a proud Real Living Wage and Disability Confident Committed Employer, who promote and strive for diversity and inclusion throughout the organisation, at all levels and roles.  


Our culture, supported by practice, policies and procedures, ensure our staff have a voice at work. We provide staff with regular support and supervision, monthly reflective practice sessions, team and organisational meetings to encourage and ensure the voice, views and experiences of our staff inform and shape the decisions made and actions taken at both service and organisation level.  


Our staff are invited to quarterly ‘Have Your Say’ sessions with our CEO, informing wider organisational and strategic decisions and plans, feeding into our quarterly Board meetings and strategic direction and planning. 

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