Gavin Newlands, the MP and for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, has joined growing calls for the draconian Trade Union Bill and the UK Government’s cuts to tax credits to be halted, after David Cameron confirmed that the Tories would press ahead with the anti-worker reforms.
The local Renfrewshire MP reiterated his staunch opposition to the UK Government’s plans to weaken trade unions and to slash tax credits after David Cameron appeared on the Andrew Marr Show and confirmed that there would be no review of these devastating changes.
The UK Government’s cuts to tax credits will pick £700 million from the pockets of families across Scotland – with 10,500 families in Renfrewshire bearing the brunt of these cuts.
The Prime Minister has faced calls within his own party to review these cuts at the Autumn Statement – most notably from the London Mayor, Boris Johnston, and former Tory minister David Willets.
The Prime Minister has also been challenged on the UK Government’s devastating trade union reforms after it was revealed that he has never met the leader of the UK’s biggest union, Unite, and that that he has never met the TUC General Secretary to discuss the Trade Union Bill – contrary to his claims that he had.
Gavin Newlands, the MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, said:
“The Tories have tried to paint themselves as the party ‘for hard-working people’, but their rhetoric doesn’t match the reality for people living here in Renfrewshire.
“The UK Government are picking £700 million from the pockets of families from across Scotland – 10,500 of those families are here in Renfrewshire – and, meanwhile, the Tories endeavour to snatch rights and protections away from workers.
“The public policy folly of the Tories is laid bare for all to see – senior figures in Tory party are raising grave concerns about the plans to slash tax credits and the Prime Minister isn’t talking to workers and the trade unions.
“In stark contrast, the Scottish Government has a constructive relationship with the trade unions in Scotland and is actively working with the STUC to make workplaces across our country fairer.
“The people of Scotland, and residents of Renfrewshire, gave the Tories a vote of no confidence in May. The UK Government has no mandate to pursue their ideologically-driven and draconian reforms – they must be halted now.”