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Resignation of the First Minister

Commenting on the resignation of the First Minister, STUC General Secretary Roz Foyer:

“We thank the First Minister for his commitment to our movement and for working closely with the STUC to help deliver a fairer, more equal nation.

“He deserves credit for his collaborative approach with trade unions, seeking to find common ground, not antagonise and ignore the demands of working people during the cost-of-living crisis. 

“While the First Minister did take some progressive steps on income tax, his premiership ran into difficulty with the council tax freeze and it is clear that his successor must take giant strides on wealth and property taxation if we are not to be stuck in a recurring cycle of decline across our public services, our economy and our politics.

“The First Minister can also hold his head high on his unwavering support for the people of Palestine. He has been a consistent voice of calm, measured reason, despite anguishing personal circumstances, in calling for peace and an immediate ceasefire in the area.

“It’s clear that the Scottish Parliament can be a force for good. But it must begin to take the bold action needed to redistribute income, wealth and power across our society if it is rebuild the trust of the people of Scotland.”

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