Scotland needs a quality Jobs Guarantee Scheme now.
Unless this is delivered urgently, we risk mass unemployment and a lost generation of workers.
We need jobs for good – not the low-paid, part-time jobs for six months that the UK Government’s Kickstart scheme offers only to workers under the age of 24.
COVID-19 has brought into sharp focus just how fragile and unequal Scotland’s labour market really is. The impact of this global pandemic is beginning to have devastating effects on Scotland’s workers. It has triggered a surge in unemployment and will undoubtedly hit some harder than others.
More than a decade of SNP government left Scotland unprepared for the current public health crisis. The UK and Scottish governments have left the country unprepared for the coming economic crisis. Nevertheless, it is not too late to save livelihoods if we act now.
A coherent industrial strategy, with manufacturing and a Green New Deal at its heart, will put Scotland back on track and ensure fairer, greener and better jobs for all.
A national plan involving trade unions, employers and all levels of government must be the approach going forward.
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Back Scottish Labour's 'Jobs for Good' plan
Scotland needs a quality Jobs Guarantee Scheme now. We need jobs for good – not the low-paid, part-time jobs for six months that the UK government’s Kickstart scheme offers only to workers under the age of 24.
Show your support and help us defend against mass unemployment and a lost generation of young workers.
✔ Stop the undercutting of wages and exploitation of workers.
✔ Safeguard workers’ rights, working in partnership with trade unions.
✔ Provide free childcare care so parents can return to work.
✔ Rebuild our economy and our lives in a responsible and sustainable way.
✔ Invest in new technologies and industries, creating good green jobs.
✔ Link with our Green New Deal to ensure the move to a carbon net zero economy with future proof jobs and training.
✔ Jobs paid at the rate of the Real Living Wage or Trade Union rate for the job regardless of age.
✔ Improve the quality of jobs and increase Scotland’s standard of living.
✔ Include learning opportunities to build a workforce with the skills to take on jobs of the future.