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Unison sets out stall via list of poll priorities

UNISON published its manifesto today for the upcoming Scottish Parliament elections, calling for a focus on defence and improvement of public services. 

The union’s document, “Essential for Recovery,” asserts that the same front-line staff who have helped the country through the coronavirus crisis will also be key to Scotland’s recovery.

Unison is calling for investment in services, including wage rises for public service workers, which representatives say will boost local economies.

The next Scottish government must also prioritise services like housing, utility supply, transport, education and care, Unison said. 

It’s now calling for members to lobby political parties to include the proposals in their own manifestos, arguing that any Covid-19 recovery must have investment and public services at its heart. 

Unison Scotland convenor Lilian Macer said: “Public services must be at the centre of any future economic strategy. 

“Investing in these sectors provides both longer term economic benefit and increased social resilience.

“Prioritising these areas will deliver for people and the environment.”


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