A commitment to a £10 Living Wage for all, defiance of austerity, and the eradication of insecure zero-hour contracts are at the heart of the Scottish Socialist Party’s deepest-red manifesto, launched earlier today at the Augustine Church in Edinburgh.
On the demand for a £10 living wage, to be implemented immediately:
“The other parties contesting these elections may cry crocodile tears about this widening divergence in earnings between working people and their bosses but they stand full square behind the neoliberal economic system that manufactures such inequalities.”
“A competitive, modern Scottish economy cannot be constructed on slave wages.”
Other measures proposed include vastly expanded carer rights:
“We believe carers should receive a living wage. After all carers contribute ten billion pounds in unpaid care. We know many carers work over sixty hours a week. As a start, we would fund forty hours a week at the rate of a Living Wage. We call for every school to have a young carer’s worker to offer practical support. For older young carers we call for added support when applying for further education and employment.”
A powerful demand to rescind the anti-trade union laws brought in by Thatcher.
“The Tories want to make it impossible to exercise the right to withdraw your labour in defence of wages, jobs or rights at work. No other party has pledged to repeal these anti-trade union laws. The SSP will work with the STUC in campaigning for the Scottish Parliament to have the powers to implement a Charter of Workers’ Rights”
These are all detailed in our manifesto – the SSP’s cause condensed into an unapologetic text to the party’s thinking – which we bring to you today, a free of charge download from our website.
The Scottish Socialist Party will be standing four candidates in the 2015 General Election: Liam McLaughlan in Glasgow East, Sandra Webster in Paisley & Renfrewshire South, Colin Fox in Edinburgh South and Bill Bonnar in Glasgow South West.