STUC on Prime Minister speech: 25 minutes of waffle to Tory party faithful and a drop in the ocean of green investment needed

October 6th 2020

STUC on Prime Minister speech: 25 minutes of waffle to Tory party faithful and a drop in the ocean of green investment needed

October 6th 2020

Commenting on Boris Johnson’s speech, STUC General Secretary, Roz Foyer said:

“Rather than offer real solutions to workers and citizens in Scotland and the UK, the Prime Minister chose to eulogise the private sector and speak to the Tory party faithful.

“Far from entering the pandemic in good shape, decades of privatisation, short-term investment and a hollowed out state, have led to a situation where an incompetent Conservative Government have presided over some of the highest rates of coronavirus deaths in the world. The Prime Minister’s bluster about Britain being one of the best countries in the world can’t hide this fact that, when it comes to Coronavirus, it is one of the worst.”

Foyer was scathing in her criticism of Boris Johnson’s so-called green recovery:

“Compared to what is needed, £160 million is a drop in the ocean. We need a green economic stimulus in the region of £13 billion for Scotland, not £160 million for the UK.

“For more than a decade, we’ve been told by politicians of all stripes that Scotland will become the Saudi Arabia of renewables. However, jobs in offshore wind have fallen in recent years as multinationals take ownership of our resources at the same time as they offshore jobs around the world. The Prime Minister’s speech offered nothing to address this – nothing on local content, nothing on addressing multinational control, and nothing on trade union rights.

Foyer also criticised the Prime Minister in relation to social care:

“The Prime Minister said we need to ‘care for the carers’ but once again he failed to outline any proposals to increase their pay. It is little wonder that people lose faith in politicians when our Prime Minister continuously puts soundbites above real change.”

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