Furlough failing those on minimum wage

Thu 17 Dec, 2020

Responding to reports that the Chancellor of the Exchequer has extended the furlough scheme until the end of April, Scottish Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie MSP said:

“The Chancellor needs to commit to a minimum wage floor for furlough payments now. Asking people who already struggle to get by on the minimum wage to live on 80% of that is simply contemptible. Many of those low paid workers have also lost out on the regular tips which they would use to supplement their income, particularly at this time of the year.

FMQs: Action required on climate plan

Thu 17 Dec, 2020

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has been challenged by the Scottish Greens to commit to action to back up the Scottish Government’s new climate plan, which was published this week.

Scotsman poll shows Greens on course for record result

Thu 17 Dec, 2020

Welcoming the publication of a new Savanta ComRes opinion poll published in the Scotsman this morning, which shows the Scottish Greens on course to elect a record number of MSPs in May, Scottish Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie MSP said:

Greens: Scottish actors entitled to trade union representation

Wed 16 Dec, 2020

Scotland’s unique culture and arts scene must have full trade union representation, Scottish Green culture spokesperson Ross Greer has said.

The comments come after Scottish actors and theatre workers launched a petition begging their union, Equity, to reverse a decision to axe staff working for members in Scotland and Northern Ireland. Over a thousand Scottish actors have signed it, including former cast members of Still Game and River City.

Scottish Greens respond to updated climate plan

Wed 16 Dec, 2020

The objectives Scottish Government’s new updated climate plan must be consistent with its budget decisions, the Scottish Greens have said.

Commenting on the newly published climate plan, which had been due in April, Scottish Green environment spokesperson Mark Ruskell said: “It is good to see this plan finally published, and parliament will be giving it intense scrutiny in the New Year.

Scottish Greens: Teachers Right To Dispute Safety

Tue 15 Dec, 2020

The Scottish Greens have given their support to teachers in West Dunbartonshire, Fife and Glasgow who have announced a formal dispute with their employers over concerns that they have not been provided a safe working environment in schools.

Scottish Greens education spokesperson Ross Greer, whose ‘Safe Schools’ proposals were agreed by Parliament last month but have not yet been delivered by the Scottish Government, has called for ministers to step in immediately to address the serious safety concerns raised by teachers across the country.

Urgent clarity required on Christmas relaxation

Tue 15 Dec, 2020

The Scottish Government must provide urgently clarity over the planned Christmas relaxation of restrictions, Scottish Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie MSP has said.

Responding to the First Minister’s statement to parliament, Mr Harvie highlighted comments from the editors of the Health Service Journal and the British Medical Journal that the decision was “rash” and “will cost many lives”.

Patrick Harvie MSP said:

Drug death statistics show shameful failure of leadership

Tue 15 Dec, 2020

Responding to the newly published drug related death statistics, Scottish Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie has accused both the Scottish and UK Governments of “a shameful failure of leadership”.

Figures just published by National Records of Scotland reveal that there were 1,264 drug related deaths in 2019, a record high, which Mr Harvie described as “heart-breaking”.

Patrick Harvie MSP said:

Survation poll shows Greens on course for record result

Mon 14 Dec, 2020

Welcoming the publication of a new opinion poll which shows the Scottish Greens on course to elect a record number of MSPs in May, Scottish Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie MSP said:

“This is just the latest opinion poll which shows the Scottish Greens on course to elect a record number of MSPs in May. It’s clear that our constructive approach to opposition is appreciated by the public, who see our current group of MSPs punching well above their weight. Although encouraging, we’ll continue to work hard for every vote, taking nothing for granted.”

Revealed: fox hunts gathering in numbers during lockdown

Thu 10 Dec, 2020

Fox hunts appear to be operating as normal during COVID restrictions, it has emerged.

Scottish Greens environment spokesperson Mark Ruskell MSP has raised the issue after The League Against Cruel Sports reported that Scottish hunts appear to be going out as usual three times a week, with large gatherings of people reported.

Hunts appear to be exploiting two exceptions which allow six people to gather for ‘pest control’ and 30 to gather for ‘equestrian events’.

This is happening while citizens are confined to a two household and six-person limit.