Category Archives: Employment

Proposed Closure of RBS Branches

I have started a Petition calling for a halt to the proposed Closure of RBS branches in Clydesdale, Scottish Borders and Midlothian South at Biggar, Carnwath, Douglas, Duns, Eyemouth, Hawick, Jedburgh, Lesmahagow, Melrose, North Berwick, Penicuik, Selkirk and Strathaven. The … Continue reading

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Securing the future for BiFab

This week the Scottish Government announced that it would bring relief to the BiFab workers for the immediate future. Throughout this process, the workforce has acted with dignity and determination, and this Government intervention is very welcome. The uncertainty from … Continue reading

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Labour pledged to increase minimum wage to £10 an hour.

Scottish Labour will increase the statutory minimum wage currently at £7.50 per hour to £10 and scrap the lower youth rate of £5.60 an hour for those aged 18-20, and £7.05 for 21-24 year olds, in favour of a single £10 … Continue reading

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Last week, along with my colleague Colin Smyth MSP, I was delighted to visit a new and exciting business in Dumfries and Galloway, MacRebur, so they could tell us how the plan to transform our roads with plastic bottles. The … Continue reading

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Sun Amp visit

I was delighted to visit Sun Amp, an exciting and ground-breaking renewable energy company based in East Lothian, along with my colleague Iain Gray MSP. We met with a number of the staff, including the Chief Executive, Andrew Bissell and Chief … Continue reading

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The EU plays a significant role in facilitating Scotland’s leadership on climate change and energy issues. At the Paris Summit the sense of excitement was palpable, and while it is acknowledged that America and China paved the way for the … Continue reading

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Scottish Apprenticeship Week

Last week I visited Martin Aerospace Ltd based in Lanark with Cllr Catherine McClymont as part of Scottish Apprenticeship Week. Martin Aerospace manufactures and supply components for the aerospace industry employing 75 people along with 8 apprentices. We met with … Continue reading

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Visit to major employer BHC in Carnwath

I was delighted to have the opportunity to visit a significant Clydesdale employer recently.  BHC, which is based in Carnwath, is a company which has links and orders not just nationally but across the world. Managing Director Brian Hewitt showed … Continue reading

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South Lanarkshire Council Living Wage

This week I was delighted to attend an event which seen South Lanarkshire Council announcing they will yet again  be paying above living wage to all their employees from April this year. Not only this the South Lanarkshire Labour Group … Continue reading

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Celebrating Rural Leaders

I am always keen to lend my support to rural issues and promote the opportunities there are for those of us in rural areas. Last week I had the opportunity to meet the ambitious men and women taking part in … Continue reading

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