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Meeting of the Parliament 19 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 19, 2014
6. Jenny Marra (North East Scotland) (Lab)

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the facilities being similar, what the reason is for the difference in the costs of building the Murray royal, Gartnavel royal and New Craigs psychiatric units. (S4O-03706)



Meeting of the Parliament 19 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Jenny Marra

The cabinet secretary’s answer is very interesting, because there are actually less beds—

Members: Fewer!



Meeting of the Parliament 19 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Jenny Marra

—in the Murray royal psychiatric unit than there are in New Craigs, yet it cost £50 million more to build. I wonder whether the cabinet secretary would put his auditors or national health service auditors on the case of that £50 million increase.

Why did the Murray royal drop £10 million to £11 million in value on the day on which it was taken on to NHS Tayside’s books? The NHS Tayside board has not come up with an answer to that; maybe the cabinet secretary knows the answer.



Meeting of the Parliament 13 November 2014 : Thursday, November 13, 2014
4. Jenny Marra (North East Scotland) (Lab)

To ask the Scottish Government how many civil service jobs it has transferred to Dundee, or has established in the city, since 2007. (S4O-03686)



Meeting of the Parliament 13 November 2014 : Thursday, November 13, 2014
Jenny Marra

Labour transferred those staff to Dundee. The Scottish Government has not transferred one single civil service job to Dundee since it came to power in 2007. That is despite the fact that SNP members in Dundee have made their names by campaigning for Scottish civil service jobs to be transferred to our city. These are the press releases from Shona Robison—[Interruption.]



Meeting of the Parliament 13 November 2014 : Thursday, November 13, 2014
Jenny Marra

We are still waiting for the 750 renewables jobs that the SNP Government promised Dundee. What progress is the Government making on that?



Meeting of the Parliament 13 November 2014 : Thursday, November 13, 2014
Jenny Marra (North East Scotland) (Lab)

SSE’s living wage story is compelling. SSE has given the living wage to its contractors as well, and is at pains to point out that European Union procurement law is similar for both public bodies and energy companies. In the light of SSE’s progress, will the cabinet secretary undertake to look again at how she can offer the living wage to Government contractors?



Meeting of the Parliament 13 November 2014 : Thursday, November 13, 2014
Jenny Marra

Does Cameron Buchanan accept that international evidence shows that workplaces that have good, constructive and regular conversations with, and representation of, their trade unions have the highest productivity rates and better working conditions?



Meeting of the Parliament 13 November 2014 : Thursday, November 13, 2014
Jenny Marra (North East Scotland) (Lab)

I thank the cabinet secretary and the Scottish Government for bringing this debate to the chamber. It is important because it centres on progressive workplace policies, which are important because they are about improving people’s working lives. All of us agree on how important the dignity of work is for our community. I congratulate the former minister Jim Mather and the STUC on producing the working together review and on the hours of work and consultation that they did on it.

Progressive workplace policies are crucial for many reasons. A central strand that runs through all the suggestions that are made in the report is—as the Government and the Conservatives have touched on—the key theme of productivity. Productivity is the cornerstone of a progressive workplace policy because it bookends the elements that make a workplace progressive, equal and sustainable. A progressive workplace policy comes from the need for more efficient and innovative production, and successful production is a result of such progressive policies. As Paul Krugman said in his book “The Age of Diminishing Expectations”,

“Productivity isn’t everything, but in the long run it is almost everything. A country’s ability to improve its standard of living over time depends almost entirely on its ability to raise its output per worker.”

The Scottish Government recognises that fact. It has set a target for Scotland to rank in the top quartile for productivity against our key trading partners in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development by 2017, but at the moment Scotland is still ranked 17th out of 32 countries. Scotland’s relative position has remained broadly unchanged over the past four years, so a more innovative approach is clearly required. The report recognises that and is a good start towards that improvement.

Increasing the productivity of a business means that it can compete on high skill levels and wages in a race to the top, which creates the middle-income jobs that we need to tackle the cost-of-living crisis. The previous UK Labour Government made good progress on closing the productivity gap, but there is still a great deal left to do, and Scotland and the UK have roughly the same ranking in the OECD. The Labour Party whole-heartedly endorses that key aspect of the report and hopes that it will be carried forward by the Scottish Government. We commit to implementing the recommendations in the report if we are elected to government in Holyrood in 2016.

Some of the recommendations in the report cover equality.



Meeting of the Parliament 13 November 2014 : Thursday, November 13, 2014
Jenny Marra

Yes, it is. That is a commitment to implement the working together review.

Equality is crucial, as we still witness a pay gap. Despite the improvements that were reported on yesterday, it is still a challenge for women to get the skills, training and decent-waged jobs that they need. We have debated that many times in the chamber. The equality representatives recommendation in the report is a good step forward. The same applies to a fair employment framework. I was pleased that the cabinet secretary said that she will listen to all parties on that.

Recommendation 25 in the report would mean that more people with a trade union background sat on public boards and that female participation on those boards was increased. The cabinet secretary knows that that issue is close to my heart and is part of the Labour Party’s agenda, because public boards make many critical decisions about public spending and services but are largely unknown and are not entirely representative across our communities.

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S4M-11567.2 Margaret Mitchell: Lowering the Drink Drive Limit—As an amendment to motion S4M-11567 in
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S4M-11507.1 Cameron Buchanan: Progressive Workplace Policies to Boost Productivity, Growth and Jobs—
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S4M-11507 Angela Constance: Progressive Workplace Policies to Boost Productivity, Growth and Jobs—Th
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S4M-11494.3 Jackie Baillie: Welfare Benefits for People Living with Disabilities—As an amendment to
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S4M-11494.2 Alex Johnstone: Welfare Benefits for People Living with Disabilities—As an amendment to
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S4M-11494 Margaret Burgess: Welfare Benefits for People Living with Disabilities—That the Parliament
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S4M-11484.1 Jackson Carlaw: Human Rights—As an amendment to motion S4M-11484 in the name of Roseanna
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Motion S4M-10988.1: Jenny Marra, North East Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 24/09/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10829.3: Jenny Marra, North East Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 19/08/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10214.1: Jenny Marra, North East Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 04/06/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10051.1: Jenny Marra, North East Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 14/05/2014 Show Full Motion >>
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Question S4O-03749: Jenny Marra, North East Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 17/11/2014 Show Full Question >>
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Question S4O-03686: Jenny Marra, North East Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 03/11/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-22942: Jenny Marra, North East Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 28/10/2014 Show Full Question >>
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