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Free legal rights advice for Central Scotland’s migrants

Free legal rights advice for Central Scotland’s migrants Migrant workers in Scotland are entitled to work in a safe and fair working environment Migrant workers in Central Scotland are encouraged to attend a free evening workshop today in Alloa to be informed of their legal rights in the workplace.

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE), Clackmannanshire Council, Unite Union and Citizens Advice Bureau (C.A.B.) have teamed up to remind Migrant workers that they play a vital role in Scotland’s workforce and are protected by law on rights and conditions of work.

Speaking ahead of tonight’s event, Health and Safety Awareness Officer Val Holland said: "Migrant workers in Scotland whether in full time or temporary casual employment are entitled to work in a safe and fair working environment – the law provides protection for overseas workers whether they are working here legally or not.”

He said the event termed "Your rights, Your Safety" will provide workers with an informal opportunity to have their questions answered on many issues which affect their working lives.
Rose MacPherson from Clackmannanshire Council’s English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Service will also speak at the workshop.

MacPherson said: "It is important that the correct information is available to the migrant workforce so that it is aware of its rights as employees in Britain and to know where to go for advice should the need arise. Migrant workers do not always know when to report a problem at work, or who it is appropriate to contact, therefore Clackmannanshire Council and the Association for Migrant Integration are delighted to be part of an event which promotes the health and safety rights of the migrant working community."

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