David has given his support the following member’s motion in the Scottish Parliament
Congratulations to the TSSA and RMT, Protecting Lifeline Ferry Services
That the Parliament welcomes the agreement achieved by the TSSA and RMT unions that has, it considers, secured the livelihoods of their members and is aimed at securing the lifeline services that they provide to the island communities;
David Stewart MSP and Rhoda Grant MSP (Scottish Labour for the Highlands & Islands region including Moray), are backing calls to save jobs in Inverness, Elgin, Golspie and Wick from outsourcing by the Scottish Provincial Press (SPP) to Gurgaon, India.
Unite the Union which represents workers revealed that a contract had been awarded to Express KCS PVT Ltd who will outsource the existing jobs to India.
As a result twelve jobs with SPP across the Highlands and Moray will be shed from the production department, handling pre-press and design work.
Many of those who are set to lose jobs have a long history with the company in some cases spanning over twenty years or more.
“The loss of yet more jobs from the Highlands and Moray from a large regional employer is a very worrying and damaging development to the future of journalism and publishing in the region.
Asda Carrier Bag Fund Boost to North Highland Radio
That the Parliament congratulates North Highland Radio on receiving a loan of £33,000 from the Asda carrier bag fund, which directs the 5p carrier bag charge into communities in order to provide a long-term social and environmental benefit for customers and communities served by the supermarket; notes that the Alness-based social enterprise community radio station won the loan in the first round of investment; understands that the station provides a wide range of specialist and local programmes and is managed by 40 volunteers from all backgrounds across the north Highlands;
Highlands & Islands MSP, Shadow Transport Minister and road safety campaigner, David Stewart, has received a further boost to his campaign to have a form of Graduated Driving Licence introduced as a pilot in Scotland, by comments made yesterday (22/7/15) by the Shadow Secretary of State for Transport, Michael Dugher MP.
David Stewart recently met with key stakeholders on a visit to London and produced a blueprint of what he sees as the best way forward in addressing road safety issues with in particular, the introduction of a Graduated Driving Licence.
Speaking about David Stewart’s proposals, Michael Dugher MP said “David Stewart has been a great campaigner on road safety issues for many years and has now come forward with a detailed proposal for a type of Graduated Driving Licence and the promotion of telematics.
David Stewart : To ask the Scottish Government whether the contract to operate Clyde and Hebrides Ferry Services includes an operator of last resort and, if not, in what circumstances the operator would receive additional financial support.
David Stewart : To ask the Scottish Government, in the event that the contract to operate Clyde and Hebrides Ferry Services includes an operator of last resort that is a private company, whether there would be a limit on the dividend paid to shareholders or a clawback of future profits.
Derek Mackay: Scottish Ministers have the responsibility to deliver the Clyde and Hebrides Ferry Services in the event of operator failure.
Child Mental Health Crisis in Scotland
That the Parliament believes that early detection and treatment can prevent mental health issues from deteriorating; is concerned therefore at recent figures suggesting that spending on child and adolescent mental health is 0.45% of NHS funding, compared with 0.75% in England; understands that, in any given year, 20% of schoolchildren have a mental health problem; criticises the Scottish Government on reports that it has allowed six NHS boards to fail to meet the 18-week waiting time target for child mental health appointments; notes with interest the studies conducted by the University of Strathclyde regarding the benefits of having counsellors in schools, and calls for further investment in treatment for child and adolescent mental health issues to allow it to reach a minimum of 1% of NHS funding.