The STUC said it was encouraged following its meeting today with the First Minister, that its key priorities would see action over coming months. The latest in its twice-yearly meeting with the First Minister was dominated by the need for a precautionary approach to workplace health and safety; the case for a new National Care Service; a decent pay rise for public workers; and an investment-led plan for jobs. These issues will form a key part of the STUC’s ‘People’s Recovery’ campaign leading up to the Scottish Parliament elections.
STUC General Secretary Roz Foyer said:
“Union leaders from across Scotland made clear today that our two key priorities are the public health and workplace response to the pandemic and future economic recovery.
“Our response must be driven by workplace health and safety and optimum systems for testing and vaccination. This must include the closure of non-essential workplaces and the prioritisation of key workers for vaccination.
“Our recovery requires a decent pay rise for key workers, not just as a recognition of sacrifices made but to repair the damage of years of pay freezes. We need a plan for jobs driven by public investment in young workers and in clean jobs. And we need a National Care Service that we can again be proud of, with the profit element stripped out and decent, union negotiated rates of pay across the sector.
“It is encouraging that the Scottish Government has no fundamental disagreements in these areas, however the reality of both developing and delivering these aspirations, backed by adequate public funding, will be the real test going forward.”
For more information, please contact Dave Moxham, Deputy General Secretary, on 07891026870 or firstname.lastname@example.org.