FMQs: Greens call for end to Amazon subsidies

Thu 24 Jun, 2021

Amazon should be stripped of all Scottish subsidies and procurement contracts after revelations about the firm scrapping laptops televisions and face masks, the Scottish Greens have said.

The party’s co-leader Lorna Slater raised the issue with the First Minister at FMQs after an ITN investigation revealed up to 130,000 items a week were being destroyed at the Dunfermline warehouse rather than given to charity.

The news is just the latest example of bad practice by the mega-corporation, which has included poor wages, anti-trade union measures and the avoidance of tax.

Government must act to restore confidence in cervical screening

Thu 24 Jun, 2021

Following the Scottish Government statement regarding the cervical screening programme, Scottish Greens health and social care spokesperson Gillian Mackay MSP said:

Greens: Amazon must answer for shocking Fife waste stockpile

Mon 21 Jun, 2021

Scottish Greens environment spokesperson and Mid Scotland and Fife MSP Mark Ruskell has called on Amazon to answer for shocking numbers of items being destroyed and sent to recycling or landfill at its Dunfermline warehouse.

OECD education report provides “damning judgment” on SQA

Mon 21 Jun, 2021

Commenting on the publication of the OECD report, and the Scottish Government response, Scottish Greens education spokesperson Ross Greer MSP said:

Greens call on ScotRail bosses to resolve strikes now

Sun 20 Jun, 2021

ScotRail bosses must stop using social media platforms to attack their workers and instead resolve the ongoing industrial dispute, Scottish Greens transport spokesperson Mark Ruskell MSP has said.

ScotRail has repeatedly taken to social media in recent weeks to attack ticket examiners and conductors who are striking again today (Sunday) over a dispute about rest day payments.

Mark Ruskell said:

“Instead of repeatedly attacking their own staff on twitter, ScotRail bosses need to get round the table with the RMT and resolve this situation urgently.

Bold action required on drug deaths

Thu 17 Jun, 2021

The Scottish Greens will today use a parliamentary debate to call on the Scottish Government to commit to bold action to tackle Scotland’s drug deaths crisis.

The party’s health and social care spokesperson, Gillian Mackay MSP, will call on ministers to urgently investigate how safe consumption spaces can be established in Scotland.

Gillian Mackay said:

“Scotland has the worst drug deaths rate in Europe. 1,264 deaths were recorded in the most recent annual statistics, that is a scandal.

CCC report shows governments unprepared for climate breakdown

Wed 16 Jun, 2021

The UK and Scottish Governments are not doing enough to adapt to rising temperatures and increasing extreme weather events because of climate breakdown, senior climate advisors have warned.

Scottish Greens call for greater role for tenants unions

Wed 16 Jun, 2021

The future of private renting in Scotland must include a stronger voice for tenant’s unions, the Scottish Greens have said.

The party’s co-leader Patrick Harvie raised the issue in the Scottish Parliament after the gradual lifting of restrictions has started evictions again and exposed in the insecurity of the private rented sector.

Despite this, there is no representation of tenants on the Scottish Government’s Private Rented Sector Resilience Group.

Greens: Youth employment stats should ring alarm bell for govt

Wed 16 Jun, 2021

Responding to the latest stats on school leaver destinations, Scottish Greens education and young people sp

International travel restrictions must be the last restriction eased

Tue 15 Jun, 2021

Restrictions on international travel must remain in place to allow the rest of the economy to return to something like normality, Scottish Greens co-leader Lorna Slater has said.

Speaking in response to the First Minister’s parliamentary statement the Lothian MSP noted her support for a cautious approach given the exponential growth of Covid cases in recent days.

Lorna Slater said: