Governments must work together to rebuild public services, says UNISON Scotland

Commenting on the results of the general election today (Friday), UNISON Scotland regional secretary Lilian Macer and UNISON Scotland convener Mark Ferguson said:

UNISON Scotland regional secretary Lilian Macer: ​“Congratulations to the Scottish Labour Party on their historic victory. The result has been resounding. Now the hard work begins.”​

“After the chaos, infighting, untruths and cronyism, the end to this Conservative government could not come fast enough. Rebuilding trust in politics will not be easy and will take time.

“Public services in Scotland are devolved and UNISON will continue to work constructively with the Scottish government. This is a chance for our two governments to work together to rebuild our public services.

“We need investment in local services, cut NHS waiting lists, and to create a national care service worthy of the name – and of course we need to invest in the staff who deliver essential services.”

UNISON Scotland convener Mark Ferguson said: “We look forward to working constructively to implement Labour’s new deal for working people. Making work pay, and ensuring workers can access their rights is a vital policy.

“Both governments must get to grips with the growing anger amongst public service workers who are still waiting for a fair pay increase. We remain miles away from anything staff are likely to accept and the recent political upheaval has put pay talks back. No one wants a repeat of last year’s disruption and staff cannot wait for months to get this sorted.”