Ahead of the Programme for Government on Tuesday next week, the STUC are calling for significant public sector intervention to create good jobs, tackle inequality, and ensure a recovery benefits the majority of working people not just those at the top.
Commenting, STUC General Secretary Roz Foyer, said:
“Coronavirus may not technically discriminate on the lines of class – but its effects are clearly exacerbated by imbalances of income, wealth and power. We are nowhere near having the well-being economy that the Government aspires to, and workers need more than just gratitude.
“The Programme for Government is an opportunity for the Scottish Government to embark on a different path to recovery. Its number one priority must be to create good jobs through an increased role for the public sector and making support for business conditional on fair work, local supply chains and a green recovery.”
The STUC have issued a briefing to all members of the Scottish Parliament and will be paying close attention to the Scottish Government’s response in the following areas:
• Introduce a £2 pay rise for all key workers.
• Create a National Care Service, rooting out for-profit care provision and levelling up terms and conditions for carers.
• Ensure any employers receiving funding recognise trade unions in their workplace and apply union negotiated rates of pay.
• Establish a publicly owned energy company and construction and infrastructure company to drive forward green infrastructure and high quality jobs.
• Back buses, including through procuring a new fleet of electric buses ahead of the international climate change talks in Glasgow next year.
• Establish state holding companies, funded through the Scottish National Investment Bank, to protect jobs in companies with immediate difficulties but a sound long-term financial footing and invest in a more socially just, resilient and low-carbon economy.
• Fund local authority-led public works programme to provide job opportunities paid at the real living wage or union bargained rate for the job.
• Expand publicly owned housing through municipal house building, protect private renters with an immediate rent freeze, and a full no evictions policy until at least April 2021.
• End outsourcing across public services and properly fund health, education, emergency services and central and local government.
To read the briefing, click here.