13 January 2019

The SNP has failed to publish its Fair Work action plan – despite pledging to do so by the end of 2018.

This is the latest in a series of failings by the SNP to stand up for Scottish workers.

Over the past year, the SNP government has come under significant pressure over public sector pay, with Education Secretary John Swinney trying to cut trade unions out of pay negotiations by writing directly to teachers during the pay ballot.

The party also launched what it called its ‘Growth Commission’ but was in reality a Cuts Commission, which outlined how Scotland outside of the UK would make it easier to fire workers.

It has also been revealed that Prestwick Airport – which the SNP government effectively owns – does not pay the living wage. And it continues to contract construction companies caught up in the blacklisting scandal for major public infrastructure projects.

Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard said the SNP’s failure to deliver a Fair Work plan was yet more evidence of its failure to be on the side of workers in Scotland.

Mr Leonard said:

“Scotland desperately needs a plan to deliver fair work to protect our workforce from unscrupulous bosses and insecure work.

“The SNP Government has failed to publish its Fair Work action plan at the same time as trying to cut trade unions out of pay negotiations and failing to pay the living wage.

"That tells you everything you need to know about its priorities.

“Labour was founded by the trade unions and will always protect and promote workers’ rights.

“We will put workers at the heart of our plans to revive our industries, ban zero-hours contracts and create the high-wage, high-skill jobs of the future."

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