Commenting on today’s Queen’s Speech, Grahame Smith, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary said:
“Whilst we acknowledge that little in today’s announcement is likely to become law before the election, there is, nonetheless, much to welcome. We welcome the commitment to take forward the recommendations of the Calman review of devolution for additional powers for the Scottish Parliament and we would urge the Government to give priority to this issue in the parliamentary time available.
“We would also urge priority for the Equality Bill and the commitment to use the power of public procurement to drive better and fairer practices in the workplace.
“There is also much to welcome in the Energy and Digital Economy Bills although and we await the detail of the Financial Services Bill with interest.
“However, the STUC is seriously concerned that, at this time of great economic uncertainty, the Government has chosen to tie its hands through the Financial Stability Bill. It is simply unfair as well as bad economics to give the deficit primacy over other objectives such as employment”.
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