The STUC has responded to the Scottish Government’s plan for recovery calling for a new industrial strategy and a plan for jobs requiring much more ambition, more government investment and a greater role for the public sector.
STUC General Secretary Roz Foyer said:
“The plan as laid out by the Cabinet Secretary was rich with references to entrepreneurs but had little to say about the real wealth creators – the workers. Now is the time for government and council led public works programmes to create jobs in sustainable house building, green retrofit, transport and the renewables supply chain.
“We welcome references to Fair Work but far more can be done using government procurement to make that a reality. Economic recovery, particularly local recovery, will be driven by money in workers’ pocket and that means commitments to real terms pay rises and an end to poverty pay.
“The STUC has consistently argued that we need a People’s Recovery which takes us forward to an economy based on good sustainable jobs not backwards to the inequalities that existed pre-crisis. We will continue to work positively with Government to deliver on this, but greater ambition will be required.”