Category Archives: employment

Youth unemployment

2,200 – 19.1% of young people in Falkirk – out of work
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Supermarket tax will hit local jobs

Cathy Peattie has called on the Scottish Government to back down on its plans for a supermarket tax.
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NHS job cuts

protest against NHS cuts

The Scottish Government has admitted that current plans will cut almost 4,000 NHS jobs this year, including over 1,500 nurses.
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Scottish Government action needed on apprenticeships

Falkirk East MSP Cathy Peattie has demanded that the Scottish Government provide more support for apprentices after it was revealed that across Scotland 855 apprentices were made redundant in the past year – including 24 in the Falkirk area. According to Skills Development Scotland, 720 of these – including 19 from the Falkirk area – were in the construction industry.
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Why not build better buses now?

MSPs are calling for support for the introduction of a new generation of environmentally and user-friendly buses in Scotland which could help save production at Scotland’s last bus manufacturer, Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL) in Falkirk.
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Cathy calls for better support for work-based training

Falkirk East MSP Cathy Peattie has called on the Scottish Government to provide more investment for work-based training in Community Learning and Development, highlighting the work of the local Linked Work and Training Trust Central.

The Minister has agreed to facilitate a meeting on the issue with the Funding Council.

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Seventeen vie for every Falkirk job

Falkirk Herald, 20 March

SEVENTEEN people are chasing every job vacancy in Falkirk district. Shock new statistics show employment opportunities in this area are almost half the Scottish average. Politician and business experts have united in calling for urgent action to safeguard jobs in all sectors, create employment opportunities and help those who find themselves facing the dole queue.

Falkirk East MSP Cathy Peattie called on the Scottish Government to do more to help, particularly the construction industry. She said: “Workers involved with the Grangemouth High project told me that they had no other work to go to when it finished. We should be looking to build more schools and more low-cost housing, particularly for rent, to ease the problems.”

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See also Shock rise in unemployment (Falkirk Herald, 24 December 2008)