Responding to the Chancellors statement, STUC General Secretary Roz Foyer said:
“The Chancellor finally seems to have listened on Furlough and appears to have finally clarified the situation with respect to Scotland. This is his fourth new plan in six weeks and the uncertainty caused by his dithering has had a terrible impact on many people’s jobs and livelihoods.
“It is essential that all are made aware that workers not having been previously furloughed and those working less than their normal hours will be eligible for the scheme. Unions will be supporting workers across Scotland to ensure they get the support they deserve and need.
“But unless we see further change and further support, the end of March 2021 will mark a year of particularly misery for those the scheme still does not cover. The number of those receiving less than the Minimum Wage has multiplied five-fold so far this year. We repeat our call that the Furlough scheme must again be amended to ensure no-one falls below this rate.”
Note to editors
The STUC General Council representing unions across Scotland is in session today and will release a wider statement covering the Scottish and UK Governments’ response to the crisis later this afternoon