Despite some welcome initiatives and commitment to Fair Work, Scottish Government’s Economic Recovery Implementation Plan does not match up to the scale of the crisis and the need to build back better
STUC Deputy General Secretary Dave Moxham said: “The truth is we need a massive fiscal stimulus and immediate measures to create jobs and redistribute wealth. This response fails to deliver on that. The promised £2 billion fund of additional capital investment over the next Parliamentary term is but a small proportion of what will be required to drive a green jobs recovery. We need immediate practical measures which support jobs and which form the first step in redesigning and reimagining our economy.
“We recognise constraints on Scottish Government caused by UK Government policy. We continue to support Scottish Government call for extension of the furlough scheme; a UK-wide £80 billion (4% of GDP) fiscal stimulus; and additional borrowing powers which would significantly increase Scottish government room for manoeuvre.
“We had hoped for a bolder statement on the Job Guarantee Scheme and a commitment that no-one will be employed on poverty pay. To fail to reach this standard will contradict the aim of the well-being economy. Equally, we wanted to hear more on social care and a commitment to create a National Care Service.
“On the positive side, the continuing commitment to Fair Work and engagement with trade unions will at least provide the opportunity for workers’ voices to be heard. We support the proposal for a National Arts Force “Culture Collective” as well as the support for community wealth building."