Following news that the UK has been the worst hit by falls in growth and ahead of the Scottish Parliament debate on the response to the Advisory Group on Economic Recovery (AGER) report, the STUC has called on the Scottish Government to bring forward clear job saving proposals for the immediate term as well as providing a medium and longer term investment strategy to create sustainable jobs.
Drop in GDP and threat of mass unemployment calls for Scottish Government to be bolder in investing in a planned recovery with jobs for young people at its heart.
It said that comments from AGER Chair Benny Higgins attacking environmental groups had cast doubts over the commitment to a green recovery requiring Government to make clear its support for ambitious clean growth investment. The STUC called for Government to:
• Urgently publish proposals for Job Guarantee Scheme, paid at the Living Wage or higher with a key role for local authorities in delivering quality local job schemes.
• Commit to an ambitious plan for capital investment in construction, transport and the energy supply chain to drive green growth driven by a public infrastructure company.
• Boost funding for FE and HE sectors to help drive the recovery.
• A £2 an hour pay rise for key workers
• Commit to the creation of a national care service and increased investment in public services.
STUC General Secretary Rozanne Foyer said:
“We recognise constraints on Scottish Government caused by UK Government policy. That’s why we continue to support the Scottish Government call for extension of the furlough scheme; a UK-wide £80 billion (4% of GDP) fiscal stimulus; and additional borrowing powers which would significantly increase Scottish government room for manoeuvre.
“But this does not absolve the Scottish Government of the duty to bring forward radical plans which go well beyond the recommendations of the AGER.
“We urgently need detail of a Job Guarantee Scheme with a commitment that no-one will be employed on poverty pay. This should be supported by a much more ambitious commitment to investing in clean growth. Immediate action should include implementing the Just Transition Commission recommendation on purchasing a fleet of green buses for COP 2021, which could save jobs at Alexander Dennis.
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