STUC responds to the First Minister’s launch of Reindustrialising Scotland

June 13th 2014

Responding to the First Minister’s launch of the Scottish Government’s Reindustrialising Scotland report, Grahame Smith, STUC General Secretary said:

“The STUC enthusiastically welcomes both the launch of this report and the First Minister’s strong commitment to growing manufacturing in Scotland. We will now study the report to ascertain whether the measures it outlines are sufficient to overcome the long-term structural problems that afflicted manufacturing across the UK.

“Given the rate of productivity growth in manufacturing and the sector’s reliance on growth in key export markets, the STUC is unconvinced that placing a target on output growth is necessarily that helpful. It certainly should not be read as implying strong related jobs growth.

“The STUC looks forward to maintaining a constructive dialogue with the Scottish Government on how manufacturing jobs might be secured for the longer-term.”

ENDS

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