Underinvestment in Scotland’s colleges is starting to have worrying implications. I have written to the Cabinet Secretary setting out why an emergency rescue package is now urgently needed.
Higher Education Motion
Support staff at universities across Scotland have had a woefully sub-inflationary pay rise imposed upon them. The Scottish Government should urge universities and the Universities and Colleges Employers Association to get back around the table. These workers are worth more. I’ve submitted the following motion: Motion ref. S6M-06216 Higher Education Workers’ Dispute Submitted by: Katy […]
Access for All
Data I obtained from ScotRail shows just a third of all rail stations in West Scotland are fully accessible for those with disabilities or mobility restraints. One in ten have no step-free access to any platform whatsoever. This is unacceptably poor and undermines attempts to make our public transport fit for the 21st century. I […]
I was proud to join striking postal workers on the picket line and later join thousands of workers on the @ScottishTUC march and rally. Workers are clear that both the Scottish Government and the UK Government have responsibility to do all they can to protect households and fund real terms pay rises.
Many workers report Dickensian conditions at Amazon warehouses, an issue I have raised with the Scottish Government repeatedly. Now, they’re being offered a pay rise of just 35p and refusing to negotiate with workers and their trade unions. Despite this, the Scottish Government pays the firm millions. I’ve written to the First Minister to demand […]
Council Workers Strike
Council workers are on the frontline serving communities amidst the worst cost of living crisis in generations. he pay offer on the table is an insult at a time of record inflation. The Scottish Government and COSLA must work to provide a fair inflation-proofed pay rise. I have written to Deputy First Minister John Swinney […]
Rail Workers Strike
I was proud to join the RMT union picket lines in their fight for pay, pensions, conditions and safety, and against compulsory redundancies. This is a strike against the levelling down of wages and conditions. These workers have continued to work through the pandemic, and have had a pay freeze for 2 or 3 years, […]
I have received a number of letters from constituents concerned about Stagecoach’s proposed cuts to the vital X34 and X36 services. These are currently the only bus services that connect Garnock Valley, an area holding a population of around 20,000 people, and Glasgow, which is just over 20 miles away. These cuts will mean residents […]
I was pleased to join the EIS FELA rally outside the Scottish Parliament to pay tribute to the extraordinary work college lecturers have done during the pandemic. They have delivered online and on-campus support but face yet another real terms pay cut. The Scottish Government must intervene to ensure they get the pay rise they […]
I was proud to join students, activists and colleagues on the NUS Housing Rally at the Scottish Parliament. Student housing is broken, with costs rising just 34% in three years, at a time of rising inflation, increasing food and fuel prices and high energy bills. More than one in 10 students have experienced homelessness. I […]