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Greens call for fair work to be put at heart of tourism restart 

Tue 26 May, 2020

Scottish Greens Tourism Spokesperson John Finnie MSP has this afternoon called for the Scottish Government to ensure that trade unions are involved in discussions about restarting the tourism industry to ensure that fair work terms are put on the agenda. 

Questioning the Scottish Government in parliament this afternoon Mr Finnie highlighted the importance of the tourism sector to the Highlands and Islands region, where it accounts for 15% of jobs, [1] almost double the national average. 

Every school child should have access to a bike say Greens

Tue 26 May, 2020

With schools expected to reopen in August, Scottish Greens Transport Spokesperson John Finnie MSP is calling for urgent and bold action from the Scottish Government to ensure every child can get to school safely. 

Significant investment will be required in buses, the school estate and to provide safe cycling and walking routes to school. This work will have to be carried out quickly to ensure it’s ready in time.

Highlands not yet open for visitors says Finnie

Thu 21 May, 2020

The Scottish Government has signalled its intention to begin a phased end to lockdown restrictions on the 28th May, but restrictions on travel, tourism and hospitality businesses are likely to remain for sometimes to come.

 

The Green MSP has previously issued calls for short-term let operators throughout the Highlands to stop taking bookings throughout the crisis and for people with second homes in the region to stay away for now.

 

Cooperation key to ensure adequate death investigations

Wed 13 May, 2020

Responding to a statement from the Lord Advocate to parliament this afternoon, Scottish Greens Justice Spokesperson John Finnie MSP said: 

“I welcome confirmation from the Lord Advocate that deaths in care homes and those of people who are believed to have contracted Covid19 at their workplace will now be reported to the Crown Office. 

“It’s essential that frontline workers are offered every protection in their workplace, and investigation must take place if there is any doubt that hasn’t been the case. 

Increase public stake in buses to help recovery

Wed 6 May, 2020

Increasing the public stake in bus companies will help Scotland ease out of lockdown, the Scottish Greens have said.

The call comes after First Group told Good Morning Scotland the company will find maintaining social distancing on routes “unsustainable” once lockdown is eased.

Scottish Green transport spokesperson John Finnie said: “Scotland can only start to leave lockdown when it is safe to do so, but we need to ensure that when we get moving again, jobs are protected and people are safe.

Addiction services must be protected say Greens

Wed 29 Apr, 2020

Pharmacy provision of Opiate Substitute Treatments and needle exchange programmes have a vital role in protecting patients and communities and must be protected throughout the coronavirus crisis Scottish Greens MSP John Finnie has said.

Mr Finnie, co-convenor of the Scottish Parliament’s cross-party group on drug and alcohol misuse, has written to Public Health Minister Joe FitzPatrick backing calls from the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) to ensure Naloxone is available for all people who use drugs.

Action needed to make towns and cities healthier

Tue 28 Apr, 2020

The Transport Secretary Michael Matheson must lay out how he will take make Scotland’s towns and cities healthier when he delivers a statement to parliament this afternoon, claimed Scottish Greens Transport Spokesperson John Finnie MSP.

The Highlands and Islands MSP highlighted the huge increase in walking and cycling being seen during the current lockdown and called on Mr Matheson to work with local authorities to immediately introduce temporary widening of pavements and the installation of temporary segregated cycle ways to make these healthier forms of travel safe and easy.

Support needed for early release prisoners

Tue 21 Apr, 2020

Any prisoners released as part of emergency coronavirus measures must get full support to reintegrate into society, the Scottish Greens have said.

Scottish Green justice spokesperson John Finnie welcomed the announcement that some prisoners are set to be released early as part of emergency coronavirus measures.