Commenting on the release of the report of the Social Justice and Fairness Commission, STUC General Secretary Roz Foyer said
“We welcome many aspects of this report which highlights how low pay and insecure work is bad for workers and bad for the economy. We support the call for an increase in the Living Wage, an end to Fire and Rehire and a ban on zero hours contracts and unpaid trial shifts. Whilst delivery on these issues ultimately requires the Scottish Parliament to have powers over employment law, the Government must look at all current levers it holds to make progress on this, and critically, to ensure that there is no Fire and Rehire in any Scottish funded public body.
“We strongly support the position that the care system should be publicly funded and not for profit. Accepting this key aspect of STUC policy is a critical step forward from the SNP manifesto and we look forward to being part of the debate on how that is delivered as unions also press for swift action to uplift care worker pay rates and introduce collective bargaining.
“The report offers a range of policies some which should be enacted now, some which would require further devolution or independence. If the SNP Government has ambitions to win the case for the latter it must lay down some clear markers now to deliver in areas where it already has the policy levers to improve people’s lives.”