STUC response to First Minister speech to SNP conference

October 10th 2017

Responding to the First Minister’s speech to SNP conference 2017, STUC General Secretary Grahame Smith said:

“We will continue to unite with the Scottish Government to press the case for an end to Westminster austerity. The First Minister’s reference to ‘taxation for the general good’ further encourages us to press for the use of all mechanisms, including Scottish income tax-raising powers, to achieve the investment we need.

“The First Minister made a strong case for Scotland to lead the way in creating a fairer and more equal society. We agree on the need for investment in public services, fair pay for workers and a decent social security system to protect those most in need.

“We look forward to working with the Scottish Government to develop its proposal for a publicly owned energy company as part of a policy of just transition and the creation and retention of high quality jobs.

“The commitment on Council Tax exemptions for young care leavers is welcome.

“The announcement on free sanitary products in schools colleges and universities is a welcome to response to the campaigns against the stigma of period poverty such as that of the STUC Women’s Committee.”

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