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A new study has revealed that at least 25% of workers in Scotland have witnessed some sort of gender bias in the workplace according to a poll from The Scotsman.

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The Government has failed to name companies who are underpaying staff despite continually promising to “name and shame” those who are breaking the law.

Critics have stated that the failure to inform the public about which companies are breaking the rules are showing that the government are not serious about tackling the minimum wage issue and eradicating poverty.

Since tougher rules on non-payment of the wage were introduced in 2013, HM Revenue and Customs has investigated 1,004 complaints against employers.

Of those investigated, 398 firms have been named after they were found to be underpaying staff. 165 have not been identified because their total arrears to employees were less than £100. 27 companies have successfully argued they have not broken the law. Despite the criticism, the Department for Business said its priority was to ensure that any wage arrears owed to workers were paid rather than naming employers before them settling what they owe.

The department added that there was a delay in the naming of companies as employers had two chances to appeal before they suffered the reputational damage of being publicly identified, but, that a list of names could be expected shortly.

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Trade Union boss Len McCluskey has announced at Unite’s annual conference that he will change the rules to allow activists to illegally strike.

The move comes in direct response to the government amendment that aims to make it harder for workers, especially in the public sector, to strike. However, Unite has now changed their policy to allow workers to strike even if it goes against the new rules so that members are not subjected to such “oppressive legislation”.

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MPSs are to launch an inquiry into the effect of the 2008 recession on the quality of Scottish jobs and, in particular, the labour market.

The inquiry aims to investigate some of the conditions and standards faced by Scottish workers with MSPs hoping to see that the conditions of workers in Scotland has improved, even during the tough economic climate of 2008.

As well as the condition of jobs, MSPs will look to see how employee well-being and health and safety in the workplace has been affected as well as the living standard and the impact of low wages. It is hoped that any issues that are found will allow the Scottish government to improve the working conditions for many across the country.

It is thought that the recession and tough economic climate affected many in the long term and could still be hurting the Scottish economy.

Committee convener Murdo Fraser said: "The Scottish economy is clearly on the road to recovery but it's important that as politicians we reflect on whether the 2008 recession has had a long-lasting impact on the quality of jobs in the labour market."

He added: "An increase of people in employment is always to be welcomed. However, this inquiry will delve into the issues behind the headlines and determine if job quality has improved.

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Citizens Advice Scotland has welcomed the UK Government’s decision to increase the minimum wage to £6.50 an hour – and has called on it to under-score the decision by introducing a Fair Employment Commission.

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The Government’s final analysis on employment and the economy has been submitted to the independent Low Pay Commission (LPC). The data will be considered by LPC along with other, wider evidence to enable it to make its recommendations on National Minimum Wage (NMW) rates for this year.

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Interns are to get more support to protect their right to fair pay, as the government launches new advice for young people and cracks down on unfair practices.

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