Commenting, STUC General Secretary Roz Foyer said:
“The UK Government have revealed to all and sundry the extent of their, frankly, evil and hostile approach to those seeking asylum and sanctuary across the country. They’re also showing the depths they’re willing to sink to in a desperate attempt to distract the public from their flagrant lawbreaking.
“We see through them. We won’t allow the Tories to use asylum seekers as a political smokescreen to cover up their failings as a rogue government.
“This is a sickening, inhumane arrangement; one that trades human beings for cash to a country with such a grim track record for human rights. This will only exasperate the wide range of abuse that occurs to those currently going through the UK Government’s asylum process.
“Along with our equality committees, we reaffirm our position that Scotland welcomes refugees. We stand side by side with all those who are subject to this sadistic policy and would call for its immediate rejection.