Bill Butler, the Scottish Labour Candidate for Glasgow Anniesland and candidate for Labour’s Glasgow list, is launching a campaign to bring jobs to the North West of Glasgow.
The campaign will bring together employers, small and medium-sized enterprises, the further education sector, trade unions and local voluntary groups together to find ways of creating new jobs and new opportunities.
The Glasgow Anniesland constituency has above the average level of unemployment in Scotland, and is the 10th highest constituency for Job Seekers Allowance claimants.
The campaign is being launched alongside Alex Rowley MSP, the deputy leader of the Scottish Labour Party, on a visit to the site of the new St. Brendan’s Primary School in Glasgow. The new build school is part of Glasgow City Council’s 4Rs programme, and is being completed by City Building.
Bill is also publishing an open letter to SMEs in the constituency, lauding their role in the local economy, and asking how their work of creating good, decent, well-paid jobs can be supported.
Bill Butler said: “I am launching my Jobs campaign today because the levels of unemployment and the lack of opportunities in this constituency are heart-breaking. I believe everyone should have every opportunity to fulfil their full potential through meaningful employment. When I have been campaigning in local communities, speaking to hundreds of local residents, the issue of a lack of jobs and sufficient opportunities is the number 1 concern.
I am asking local employers, the further education sector, local SMEs, trade unions and voluntary organisations to work together to create those vital opportunities. I am particularly delighted to be launching this campaign by visiting the site of the new St. Brendan’s Primary. It is an excellent, practical example of the investment that Glasgow City Council and Glasgow’s Labour administration is making in the future of our children."
Alex Rowley, Scottish Labour’s Deputy Leader, added: “We must be ambitious and support all Scots to succeed, reach their full potential and live a life free from poverty. To meet this aspiration we must ensure that everyone fit for employment in Scotland has the opportunity of a secure job with decent pay; we must make full employment Scottish Labour’s number one priority. Bill Butler’s campaign to bring jobs and opportunities reflects that priority.”
Liz Cameron, a local Councillor and Glasgow’s Executive Member for Children, Young People and Lifelong learning, commented: “The new St. Brendan’s Primary is a fantastic investment in the future of our Young People. Glasgow City Council has invested over £550million into our school estate, with the 4Rs programme providing another £250million. At a time when Glasgow’s budget is being hit hard, it is significant that we are investing heavily in the future of our schools.”