Scottish Government fails to support hospitality rescue plan

Tue 27 Oct, 2020

The Scottish Government has failed to offer its support for Unite the Union’s hospitality and tourism rescue plan.

When asked by Scottish Greens Co-Leader Patrick Harvie MSP, “does the Scottish Government support the unite hospitality rescue plan,” in parliament this afternoon, the Tourism Secretary replied that, “the overwhelming majority of business leaders take their responsibilities extremely seriously.”

Speaking afterward Mr Harvie said:

Greens welcome global nuclear weapons ban

Tue 27 Oct, 2020

Scottish Greens have welcomed the passing of an international treaty banning nuclear weapons.

The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons will come into force in 90 days’ time, following Honduras becoming the 50th country to ratify.

The world’s five open nuclear powers, including the UK, have not signed the treaty.

Scottish Greens have pledged to push for an independent Scotland to also become a signatory.

Greens: Scottish Government should extend free bus travel

Mon 26 Oct, 2020

The Scottish Government has been urged to extend free bus travel for under 19s to include all young people up to 25.

The Scottish Government today launched a consultation on the policy, which was hard won by the Scottish Greens in budget negotiations.

Scottish Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie has challenged the Scottish Government to extend the scheme when it comes into force next year so it can play a vital role in repairing public transport from the COVID-19 crisis.

Outrage as climate crisis removed from Scottish exam topics

Mon 26 Oct, 2020

Climate strikers and Scottish Greens have expressed dismay after it emerged the SQA has removed the option of climate change from the list of potential topics covered in next year’s Higher Religious, Moral and Philosophical Studies exam.

Scottish Greens target record election result

Sat 24 Oct, 2020

The Scottish Greens will aim to get more MSPs elected than ever before, the party’s leaders have said.

Speaking to the Scottish Green Party conference, co-leader Lorna Slater said that the party could build on momentum shown in opinion polls which have the Greens on track to win more seats than ever before.

Scottish Greens unveil plans to empower workers

Fri 23 Oct, 2020

The Scottish Greens have launched an ambitious New Deal for workers which calls for more powers for trade unions to tackle low pay, precarious contracts and poor working conditions.

The Scottish Green New Deal for Workers includes proposals to establish national collective bargaining to drive up pay and conditions in low-wage sectors, for example in social care and early years education.

Scotland scores well on new Pisa test

Thu 22 Oct, 2020

Scotland’s young people have scored well on a new assessment of ‘global competence’.

The PISA 2018 results, which showed Scottish 15-year-olds were above average for reading but remained average at science and maths, have now published the results of the new assessment.

Greens welcome news Wales is to renationalise railways

Thu 22 Oct, 2020

The Scottish Greens have welcomed calls from the RMT union to renationalise Scotland's railways after the Welsh Government announced it would appoint a public operator to run rail services as a result of the private rail operator’s  failure to meet its contractual obligations due to the massive drop in passenger numbers caused by  Covid–19.

Greens respond to BiFab decision

Thu 22 Oct, 2020

Responding to the news that the Scottish Government has withdrawn assurances for the NnG jacket fabrication contract for BiFab, placing 500 jobs under threat, Scottish Greens energy spokesperson Mark Ruskell MSP said: “This decision makes a mockery of the Scottish Government’s commitments on green jobs and is a huge blow for communities in Fife and Scotland’s ambitions on renewable energy.

Scottish Greens: COP26 must see climate justice commitment

Tue 20 Oct, 2020

The Scottish Government must commit to international climate justice ahead of the COP26 summit in Glasgow, the Scottish Greens have said.