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S5O-01404: Clare Haughey (Rutherglen)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 25 October 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what engagement the finance secretary has had with trade unions regarding scrapping the cap on public sector pay.

Answered by: Derek Mackay 1 November 2017

9 May 2017, the STUC on 1 August and had further discussions with Grahame Smith, STUC General Secretary, on 9 October. Following that discussion, we sent a joint letter to the Chancellor of the Exchequer calling on the UK Government to lift their 1 per cent pay cap. The Scottish Government was the first government in the UK to commit to lifting our pay cap. The STUC and I are jointly urging the Chancellor to follow our lead and invest in public services by providing sufficient resources to allow for fair pay settlements for all UK public sector workers.