Labour Urged to Commit to Devolving Powers
Ahead of the final stages of the UK government’s anti-strike legislation, the SNP has once again urged pro-Brexit Labour to commit to devolving employment laws to Holyrood.
In a letter to Keir Starmer, the SNP’s Westminster leader, Stephen Flynn MP, has said the urgency to devolve employment laws to Scotland “grows stronger every day” – with Westminster control directly resulting in over 105,000 Scottish workers being denied “the dignity of basic working practices in the middle of a cost-of-living crisis”.
The figure comes from the Office for National Statistics, which has confirmed that 3.9% of the Scottish workforce are dealing with the deep insecurity caused by zero-hour contracts.
The renewed call for laws to be devolved comes after the General Secretary of the Scottish Trades Union Congress, Roz Foyer, made the same demand:
Mr Flynn has previously written to Keir Starmer offering to work alongside him in opposing the anti-strike Bill in question, and to discuss the possibility of devolving employment powers to Scotland in order to protect Scottish workers. However, he received no reply.