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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.

Scottish Greens welcome relaunch of domestic abuse campaign

Fri 10 Apr, 2020

Welcoming the relaunch of the Scottish Government’s domestic abuse campaign, Scottish Greens Justice Spokesperson John Finnie MSP said:

Action needed to protect rural communities over Easter

Thu 9 Apr, 2020

The Scottish Government must put plans in place to protect rural communities from a potential influx of tourists over the Easter weekend, according to Scottish Greens Rural and Island Communities Spokesperson John Finnie MSP.

The Highlands and Islands MSP highlighted concerns that the limited health services in rural areas could be put at risk if a considerable number of people decide not to adhere to guidance and emergency regulations.

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Scottish Greens call for support for home workers

Mon 6 Apr, 2020

The Scottish Government should consider what support can be made available for the significantly increased number of people working from home during the COVID19 crisis, according to Scottish Greens Connectivity Spokesperson John Finnie MSP.

Finnie: Scottish Government must ensure prison staff are paid

Tue 24 Mar, 2020

The Scottish Government must ensure that private prison operators Serco and Sodexo treat staff fairly during the COVID-19 crisis, says Scottish Greens Justice Spokesperson John Finnie MSP.

Mr Finnie made the call in parliament this afternoon, in response to a statement by Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf. Trade unions have reported that a number of private companies including those who operate HMP Addiewell and HMP Kilmanock have refused to pay cleaners who are self-isolating or those with childcare challenges as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. 

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Finnie comments on Britannia hotels

Fri 20 Mar, 2020

Commenting on the treatment of staff at Coylumbridge hotel near Aviemore by Britannia Hotels, Scottish Greens Highlands and Islands MSP John Finnie said:

“I was absolutely furious when i first heard the news, my heart goes out to those staff who have been treated appallingly by Britannia.

“Everyone understands that this unprecedented crisis presents unique challenges, particularly for the tourism sector. The answer to that is to seek support, to collaborate and support one another. Britannia’s actions are utterly tone deaf.

Finnie calls for islands’ coronavirus task force

Thu 19 Mar, 2020

A Highlands and Islands MSP has this afternoon called on the Scottish Government to establish an Islands’ task force to ensure that the unique needs of islands communities are at the forefront of Scottish Government thinking for the duration of the coronavirus crisis.