MSP’s com­ments were “flip­pant”

Rutherglen Reformer - - Reformer View -

I was quite as­ton­ished by Clare Haughey’s flip­pant com­ments in last week’s Re­former re­gard­ing the one per cent pub­lic sec­tor pay cap in Scot­land.

Clare Haughey’s SNP gov­ern­ment are responsible for 85 per cent of Scot­land’s pub­lic sec­tor work­ers and their pay. The SNP have hap­pily played along with West­min­ster with this cap and watched as pub­lic sec­tor work­ers have not only had their re­sources cut, but lit­tle or no pay rise. In the last year alone, over 40,000 pub­lic sec­tor work­ers in Scot­land were sub­jected to vi­o­lence.

I might be cyn­i­cal, but at a time when SNP are in freefall - hav­ing failed to se­cure over­all con­trol of any Scot­tish coun­cils, lost their ma­jor­ity in Holy­rood and more re­cently, lost ap­prox­i­mately half a mil­lion vot­ers and 21 seats in West­min­ster (in two short years) - they now de­cide to make small noises about pub­lic sec­tor pay. Add to this, the very pub­lic dress­ing down Ni­cola Stur­geon re­ceived from a nurse in a tele­vised general elec­tion de­bate.

I have no idea why Clare Haughey - a mem­ber of Scot­tish Par­lia­ment, thought dis­cussing Wales was rel­e­vant. She doesn’t rep­re­sent the Welsh pub­lic. Wales has less pow­ers in their par­lia­ment and the first min­is­ter of Wales is quite vo­cal re­gard­ing the pay cap - in­deed he’s given cost­ings for lift­ing the cap in the NHS.

On May 10, 2017, less than three months ago, there was a vote in the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment on lift­ing the pay cap for nurses. Clare Haughey shame­fully did not put work­ers first or Scot­land’s NHS, but her own SNP party and re­fused to give Scot­land’s NHS nurses a pay rise.

If you are go­ing to use the slo­gan ‘Stronger for Scot­land’ then it would be good if this went into prac­tice. Talk is cheap and in-work poverty is very real and very right now. Scot­land’s pub­lic sec­tor work­ers de­serve bet­ter and have for a few years now.

EA Cal­laghan Freeneuk Wynd Cam­bus­lang

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