The Welsh Government has published a consultation on a draft Social Partnership and Public Procurement (Wales) Bill which is intended to improve the delivery of public services and social and economic well-being in Wales. It is also intended to:
Strengthen and promote consistency in the Welsh system of social partnership. The draft Bill establishes a social partnership duty on in-scope public bodies to consult with their recognised trade unions when exercising certain functions concerning their well-being objectives. It also establishes a statutory Social Partnership Council (SPC) to provide leadership for the social partnership system, and to connect social partnership arrangements at the local, sectoral, regional and national levels in Wales.
Maximise the Welsh Ministers’ contribution to delivering fair work outcomes where workers are fairly rewarded, heard and represented, secure and able to progress in a healthy, inclusive environment where rights are respected. The draft Bill places a duty on the Welsh Ministers to set fair work objectives in consultation with the SPC, to meet those objectives and to report annually on what progress has been made in reaching those objectives.
Achieve socially responsible procurement. The draft Bill places duties on specified public bodies to ensure that, when procurement is undertaken, there is consideration of social, economic, cultural and environmental well-being and fair work objectives. There are further duties concerning contract management and transparency. The measures in the draft Bill seek to leverage the power of the public purse to deliver outcomes beneficial to society.
Responses to the consultation are requested by 23 April 2021 and can be submitted online, by post or by email to: SocialPartnership@gov.wales.