We recently carried out a survey of our offshore members. Nearly 90% supported the Scottish or UK Governments taking a public stake in offshore companies to protect jobs and to secure investment.
Unite is to ask every MSP to support a motion by North East Scotland Labour MSP Lewis Macdonald to take that message direct to Holyrood. It’s already got cross-party support.
The motion and which MSPs are supporting the motion
That the Parliament understands that the number of jobs lost as a result of the downturn in the UK oil and gas sector could be over 120,000 by the end of 2016; considers that the sector is of vital economic interest and cannot be left exclusively to market forces; further considers that the sector needs to have confidence that it can invest for the future; supports the use of Scottish and UK Government borrowing powers to leverage money into the sector, including active consideration of strategic public stakes in infrastructure investment, and notes calls on the Scottish Government to facilitate and take part in discussions with the UK Government, industry and trade unions to create a plan for co-investment that will support jobs, including in the north east, increase confidence and create returns to the public sector.
Supported by: Colin Beattie, Neil Findlay, Alex Rowley, Iain Gray, Tavish Scott, Jackie Baillie, Colin Smyth, Elaine Smith, Claire Baker, Anas Sarwar, Neil Bibby, Christine Grahame, Rhoda Grant, Monica Lennon
If you work offshore or if you are employed in the supply chain contact your MSP if they have not already supported the motion
Here’s how you can help – write to your MSPs!
2. Once you’re on the Write to Them website, enter your postcode and click ‘Go’.
2. On the next page – click ‘Write to all your Regional MSPs’ on the right hand side of the page.
3. Ask your MSPs to support Motion S5M-02310. If you work offshore, tell them about any problems or difficulties that you’re experiencing in the industry. Tell them that the industry needs public investment for the future. Use your own words – but keep it short.
4. Fill in your contact details and then click ‘Preview and Send’ at the bottom.