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PE01423: Harnessing the undoubted talent of public sector staff

Parliament Government

Petitioner: Gordon Hall on behalf of The Unreasonable Learners


Date Lodged: 08 March 2012

Calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to review the considerable research into the thinking that underpins the approach to managing the contribution from staff that has been undertaken over the past decades and compare this with the assumptions that underpins existing management practice; and subsequently to use the findings to ensure that it harnesses the talent of its staff.

Petition History:


17 April 2012: The Committee took evidence from Dr Tony Miller, School of Engineering, Robert Gordon University; Mike McCarron, Transform Drug Policy Foundation Scotland and Andy Lippok, Director, Resolis Associates Ltd. The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government, COSLA, trade unions, a selection of local authorities and NHS boards, SOLACE Scotland and the Improvement Service. Link to Official Report 17 April 2012 (473KB pdf)

26 June 2012: The Committee agreed to hold a round-table discussion. Link to Official Report 26 June 2012 (463KB pdf)

13 November 2012: The Committee took evidence in a round table format from Gordon Hall, Petitioner, Professor Richard Kerley, Professor of Management, Queen Margaret University, Dot McLaughlin, Improvement Service, Jim Mather, Chairman, Gael Ltd, Dr Nicola Richards, Deputy Director, Organisational Development, Leadership and Learning, and Janet Whitley, Deputy Director, Workforce Engagement and Development, Scottish Government and Dave Watson, UNISON. The Committee agreed to consider a paper by the clerk at the next meeting. Link to Official Report 13 November 2012 (438KB pdf)

27 November 2012: The Committee agreed to refer the petition under Rule 15.6.2 to the Local Government and the Regeneration Committee. Link to Official Report 27 November 2012 (438KB pdf)

6 November 2013: The Local Government and Regeneration Committee considered a petition by Mr Gordon Hall on behalf of The Unreasonable Learners, on harnessing the undoubted talent of public sector staff. The Committee noted its prior consideration of the petition as part of the Public Services Report at Strand 3 and that issues raised by the petition will form part of its ongoing investigations. The Committee therefore agreed to close the petition. Link to Official Report 6 November 2013 (390KB pdf)

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