Dundee ac­tivists at­tack SNP for ‘pass­ing on cuts’

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - NEWS -

The Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment has been a con­veyor belt for UK cuts, say Dundee trade union­ists.

The city’s Trades Union Coun­cil has called on the SNP ad­min­is­tra­tion to fight back against “on­go­ing West min­ster-led aus­ter­ity”.

In a mo­tion be­fore the Scot­tish Trades Union Congress con­fer­ence, the Dundee or­gan­i­sa­tion said: “The Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment has con­tin­ued to pass on the worst of the Tory cuts to Scot­land’s coun­cils.

“This has had an im­pact across the coun­try, es­pe­cially in our poor­est ar­eas.”

The GMB union has also been crit­i­cal of politi­cians across party di­vides for not pre­par­ing prop­erly for oil and gas de­com­mis­sion­ing.

The in­dus­try could be worth £40 bil­lion over the next few decades and Dundee is wellplaced to take ad­van­tage.

Last week, the de­com giant Chi­nese Ocean En­gi­neer­ing Shang­hai Com­pany (COES) said it wants to base its UK op­er­a­tions in the city, which comes on the back of mil­lions of pounds’ worth of pro­posed in­vest­ment in the in­dus­try through the Tay Cities Deal.

The GMB mo­tion said Scot­land is “still not well po­si­tioned” to take ad­van­tage from the man­u­fac­tur­ing boom from wind en­ergy, which co­in­cides with the “fail­ure to plan to max­imise the po­ten­tial eco­nomic ben­e­fits of North Sea in­fras­truc­ture de­com­mis­sion­ing”.

Speak­ing at the STUC con­fer­ence in Aviemore yes­ter­day, its pres­i­dent said the Brexit cam­paign in the UK had seen a “re­turn to overt racism as a po­lit­i­cal tool”.

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