I joined my colleagues from across the Labour movement outside the Scottish Parliament to demand that the SNP use the powers of the Parliament to stop Tory austerity.
I am bitterly disappointed by their actions. Only Scottish Labour is committed to protecting local government jobs and services. We cannot underestimate the effects of these cuts on communities and livelihoods.
You can watch my message from outside the Parliament here>>>
Meeting with the shop stewards at BAE systems
On Friday morning, I had a very productive meeting with trade unionists from BAE systems in Scotstoun and Govan. The yards in Scotstoun are so important to our communities – they create so many jobs and opportunities, especially apprenticeships for our young people.
The working relationship between BAE systems and Glasgow Clyde College is exemplary and has rightly been recognised across the UK.
In that meeting, I also heard about the progress of the type-26 frigates, the new General Purpose Frigates and plans to bid for foreign contracts and secure more work for the design teams at the yards.
Glasgow Wood Recycling
I had the pleasure of going to the opening of the new showroom for Glasgow Wood Recycling – a social enterprise now based in Whiteinch.
The craftsmanship of the pieces on sale is outstanding, but what was more remarkable were the stories of the people behind them. The opening showcased three of their staff members, all of whom had previously been long-term unemployed prior to volunteering with Glasgow Wood Recycling. Now they have held jobs for several years and are integral to the success of this trailblazing business.
Glasgow Wood Recycling serves as an example of the potential of ethical business models.
On Tuesday, at the insistence of my colleague Bailie Liz Cameron, there was a public hearing held to discuss the possible gasification plant at Whiteinch.
I attended the meeting to add to the voices of the community councils and all the groups and individuals who campaigned so hard against this proposal. I argued that the voices of local people must be heard – their concerns about increased traffic in the area and increased pollution should be paramount in the decision.
I am delighted that the planning committee agreed and threw out the proposal by a significant margin.