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We welcome deal to save BiFab marine engineering yards in Fife and on Lewis

Tue 17 Apr, 2018

Scottish Green MSPs today (17 Apr) welcomed a deal to save the closure-threatened engineering firm BiFab, which employs hundreds of people at marine engineering yards at Methil and Burntisland in Fife and at Arnish on Lewis.

DF Barnes, a subsidiary of Canadian company JV Driver, is to acquire BiFab, with the Scottish Government taking a minority shareholding.

Mark Ruskell, Energy spokesperson for the Scottish Greens and MSP for Mid-Scotland & Fife, said:

Finnie Calls for ScotRail to Ensure Safety of Staff and Passengers

Thu 5 Apr, 2018

John Finnie MSP, Transport Spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (5 April 2018) called on ScotRail to ensure the safety of its staff and passengers is the number one priority, following reports that the Transport Salaried Staffs' Association (TSSA) are to strike.

Our MSPs will bring a vote in Parliament to ensure legally-binding target to reverse decline in bus use

Mon 26 Mar, 2018

Scottish Green MSPs will this week (Wed 28 Mar) bring a vote in the Scottish Parliament to ensure that the forthcoming Transport Bill contains a legally-binding target to reverse the decline in bus use.

Repeal of Offensive Behaviour at Football Act should prompt clubs to look at strict liability

Thu 15 Mar, 2018

Ahead of this afternoon's (15 Mar) final vote on the repeal of the Offensive Behaviour at Football Act, Scottish Green MSPs are urging football clubs to look again at the strict liability model which applies elsewhere in Europe.

John Finnie MSP, Justice spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, said:

"It's clearer than ever that the Act has not been an effective way to address sectarianism. Many of the activities it aimed to tackle are already covered by other legislation.

Finnie welcomes news divestment will be discussed by MSP pension managers

Thu 8 Mar, 2018

John Finnie MSP, Justice spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (8 Mar) welcomed confirmation from the Scottish Parliament Corporate Body that divestment will be part of forthcoming discussions by MSP pension fund managers.

Poll shows public want Parliament pension fund to stop investing in firms that contribute to wars, climate change & ill-health

Sun 4 Mar, 2018

New polling for the Scottish Green MSPs is set to pile pressure on managers of the Scottish Parliament's pension fund to stop investing tens of millions of pounds of public money in firms that contribute to wars, climate change and ill-health. 

Greens concerned by bus figures in transport statistics

Wed 28 Feb, 2018

Scottish Transport Statistics published today (28 Feb) reveal a worrying decline in bus use say the Scottish Greens.

John Finnie MSP, the Scottish Greens’ transport spokesperson, says the decline is not surprising and that regular delays and cancellations are in part to blame.

The Green MSP also says the statistics “make a mockery” of Ryanair’s claimed reason for relocating routes from Glasgow to Edinburgh.

Finnie, a Highlands and Islands MSP, said:

It's time for bus reregulation and a public transport system run for everyone

John Finnie MSP Fri 16 Feb, 2018

“A developed country is not a place where the poor have cars. It’s where the rich use public transport.” This famous quote from Enrique Penalosa, former Mayor of Bogotá in Colombia, is a bumper sticker we should be paying a bit more attention to.

Bus services are one of the biggest issues for hundreds of thousands of people in every corner of this country and it is exactly the kind of issue that MSPs’ constituents expect us to get to grips with.

Finnie & Ruskell urge economic agencies to step up efforts in light of BiFab jobs warning

Tue 13 Feb, 2018

Scottish Green MSPs John Finnie and Mark Ruskell have today (13 Feb) written to the government's economic development agencies urging them to step up efforts to secure new orders in light of warnings that the BiFab marine engineering yards in Fife and on Lewis could close by the end of June.

The Unite union says it expects 260 jobs to go, with redundancies beginning in May, and that it has been told that the decision will only be reversed if new contracts for work are signed.

Finnie reveals ScotRail failures on stop-skipping, shortened services & toilet audits

Wed 7 Feb, 2018

Scottish Greens Transport spokesperson John Finnie MSP can today (7 Feb 2018) reveal a series of “unacceptable” ScotRail performance failures which he says demonstrates the need for Scotland’s railways to be taken into public hands as soon as possible.

Mr Finnie’s enquires have revealed that:
* 5,968 trains were subject to stop-skipping in 2017 [1]
* Nearly 500,000 seats were planned but not provided [2]
* 22% of train toilet audits failed [3] throughout the year

Mr Finnie said: