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    Campaign aiming to raise employment rights awareness

    Written by on November 5, 2019

    It’s hoped a campaign will raise awareness of employment rights for young people across the Forth Valley.

    Citizens Advice Bureau Scotland’s hoping to reduce the number of youngsters working in poor conditions.

    They’re encouraging people across the country to submit their experiences.

    Citizens Advice Scotland’s Social Justice spokesperson, Nina Ballantyne, said:

    “Finding work can be hard enough as a young person which means it can be tempting to ignore or put up with bad conditions if you do get a job.

    “Whether it’s their right to the minimum wage, holiday or sick pay or joining a trade union, the employment landscape can be confusing for younger workers.

    “The cycle of insecure work, low pay and limited opportunities is really tough, especially if you’re not sure of your rights.

    “Our ‘Do the Rights Thing’ campaign will help young people understand their employment rights and how to take action if those rights are not being upheld.

    “The Advice for Scotland site has easy to understand, comprehensive information of rights in the workplace, how to solve issues and who else you can turn to for help when you are faced with a serious problem.

    “As part of the campaign we’re also gathering examples online of young people’s bad experiences in the workplaces. Our innovative approach will allow us to reach out through the channels young people are using and will help build our evidence base to support our calls for a fair deal for young people.

    “You don’t have to give your name or personal details if you don’t want to and by taking part we’ll be able to better stand up for young people across Scotland.”

    The tool can be found at https://dotherightsthing.typeform.com/to/I9DgqB