SQA statement on planned industrial action by the Unite trade union

Thursday 13 June

Under the auspices of ACAS, SQA agreed a positive way forward with the Unite union, agreeing a detailed action plan which continues to be delivered.  

SQA is fully committed to ensuring that candidates receive their results on time. We have an established governance framework in place, where progress and risks are managed, supported by robust contingency plans.

Whilst we realise that the agreed actions will continue over the coming months, so far:  

  • We have held individual meetings with colleagues currently in the redeployment pool as a result of Business Systems restructuring to understand the situation and discuss options available to them;
  • We have surveyed those colleagues who have recently gone through a restructure, and anonymous results will be shared with our union partners, and an action plan will be developed with senior managers;
  • We have consulted on the collective grievance action plan. This has concluded and all actions resulting from are either in progress, or have been completed ;
  • Unite representatives have been, and will continue to be involved in shaping the culture transformation and values-led leadership programme;
  • Eleven out of thirteen agreed points relating to Workforce Development and Training planning have now been completed;
  • Independent auditors have agreed to guide and support our process for ongoing audit of the application of all HR policies and procedures with trade unions;

We are committed to working in partnership with the Unite union and have made significant progress on the process that is undertaken in a restructure. 

We are also committed to listen to, and address, the important issues that have been raised by its members. We are focussed on relationship building and moving forward, together, into the future.

SQA has also concluded its Voluntary Early Release scheme. As an organisation we continue to evolve our products and services to meet the changing needs of our stakeholders and customers, such as the need to make cost efficiencies. The VER scheme was introduced as part of our response to these changing needs. The scheme has also created opportunities for employees to be considered for voluntary early release from the organisation with financial compensation, where this is of mutual benefit to the employee and to SQA.