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McCluskey to call for urgent industrial strategy for Scotland

Len McCluskey, the general secretary of Unite the union, will call on both the Scottish and Westminster governments to produce a meaningful industrial strategy for Scotland, when he meets with members and reps at workplaces on Friday and Saturday (17-18 March).

Mr McCluskey, who is standing for re-election to the top job in the biggest union in Scotland, will be meeting with members and reps at Alexander Dennis, the biggest coach manufacturer in Europe, Harper Collins in Glasgow, Lothian Buses Edinburgh and then Ninewells Hospital and Michelin Tyres in Dundee.

He will say: “Scotland’s economy needs to be rebuilt and invested in for the benefit of everyone, not just the privileged few. That means an investment and industrial strategy that plans for and creates decent jobs, that makes work pay again and tackles the challenge that automation presents to our members in manufacturing.

“Yet nowhere in the Tory government’s industrial strategy green paper, or Philip Hammond’s recent budget, is there any new money for a UK-wide industrial strategy, let alone one for Scotland.

“There was no sense that the chancellor or the government grasps the enormity of the shock that Brexit, and the potential loss of tariff-free access to markets and the customs union, will bring to core manufacturing industries in Scotland or across the UK and none of the basic initiatives needed to demonstrate that they are serious about making the industrial strategy work.

“Coupled with cuts to local services, directly hitting our members’ living standards and wage packets, workers in Scotland need to see sensible investment in an economy for all by the governments in both Westminster and Holyrood.”