Na­tion­al­ists ac­cuse MSP of a ‘lack of re­spect’

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

The SNP pounced on the in­ci­dent in the cham­ber, ac­cus­ing James Kelly of a lack of re­spect.

Ruther­glen SNP quickly tweeted a pic­ture of can­di­date Clare Haughey with the mes­sage: “See if @ JamesKLabMSP doesn’t want to take his seat, we know some­one who’ll hap­pily take it next year.”

And Glas­gow MSP, Bob Doris, said: “I ab­so­lutely agree with James Kelly that the UK Trade Union Bill is a fun­da­men­tal at­tack on work­ers rights. How­ever hav­ing spo­ken to sev­eral con­stituents the gen­eral con­sen­sus fol­low­ing Mr Kelly’s out­burst seems to be that he in­dulged in ju­ve­nile grand­stand­ing at the ex­pense of tack­ling the real is­sue.

“The real tar­get should have been the UK Gov­ern­ment, not Scot­land’s pre­sid­ing of­fi­cer. Mr Kelly could have high­lighted the fact that our Scot­tish Par­lia­ment does not have the power to block UK trade union leg­is­la­tion as in­dus­trial re­la­tions leg­is­la­tion is a re­served power at West­min­ster.

“How­ever that would be in­con­ve­nient to say the least for James Kelly as Labour do not sup­port trans­fer­ring that power to Scot­land.

“That puts Labour at odds with the STUC who be­lieve em­ploy­ment and Trade Union laws should be de­volved.

“The hypocrisy of the Labour po­si­tion which in­dulges in ges­ture pol­i­tics yet does not sup­port giv­ing Scot­land the power to pro­tect work­ers will not be lost .”

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