Essential for Recovery UNISON’s manifesto for the Scottish Parliament elections 2021, puts UNISON policy and concerns into the political arena – defending and improving public services and the lives of those who provide them.
UNISON members have been essential in getting the country through Covid – and they are essential to recovery from the pandemic. That’s the message that runs through this manifesto – it is a challenge to every candidate looking for the votes of UNISON members.
Any recovery from Covid will have to put investment in public services, and those who provide them, at its heart.
Investment in services creates more jobs more and more spending in local economies – wage rises for public service workers will be spent boosting demand in local economies.
The next Scottish Government must prioritise core activities. By this we mean essential goods and services like housing, utility supply, health, transport, education and care. This ‘foundational economy’ provides the infrastructure of everyday life.
Lilian Macer, UNISON Scotland Convenor, said: “Public Services must be at the centre of any future economic strategy. The next Scottish Government must prioritise essential goods and services like housing, utility supply, health, transport, education and care. Public serves essential to keeping us safe and civilised. Investing in these sectors provides both longer term economic benefit and increased social resilience. Prioritising these areas will deliver for people and the environment. Investment in our public services creates jobs delivering more spending in local economies – wage rises for public service workers boosts local demand.”
What we are asking you to do?
- Read this manifesto.
- Debate its contents with family, friends, and colleagues.
- Challenge all parties and candidates – use candidates questions as a guide
- Write letters to your local papers and candidates asking for their support
- Challenge your own political party to put public services at the centre of Scotland’s recovery
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