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Motion ref. S5M-22872

Good Business Commission

Submitted by: Richard Leonard, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour.
Date lodged: Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Supported by: Neil Findlay, Rhoda Grant, Iain Gray, Monica Lennon, Elaine Smith, Colin Smyth

That the Parliament recognises the work of many people, organisations, companies and businesses in supporting the country during the course of the COVID-19 pandemic; acknowledges the support that companies have received during this period; regrets that a small number of companies that have received financial and other support have adopted or continued poor employment practices, including so-called fire and re-hire tactics on their workforce to reduce their agreed terms and conditions, polluting  the environment and avoiding the payment of taxes; notes the importance of discouraging such behaviour; recognises the need to support and encourage responsible employers; welcomes the proposals for a Good Business Commission to oversee the scheme; recognises the importance of it comprising representatives from business, trade unions, environmental groups and tax justice campaigners; believes that it will be important that the Commission will have  powers over accreditation, de-listing and the ability to impose sanctions on businesses that do not comply with its standards, and considers that public funding should not be provided to businesses that do not meet the Commission’s standards.