Apprentice redundancies : "sign of stagnation in key sector industry"
20 April 2010
Marlyn Glen is highlighting with the Scottish Government the plight of 36
apprentices in the construction industry in Dundee and Angus who have been made
redundant in the past year.
"These figures are a symptom of the stagnation that this key sector of the Scottish economy has faced.
"The Scottish Government must ensure that, on the route to economic recovery, it ends its damaging decrease in investment in construction projects.
"More finance for new houses, schools and roads means a need for more apprentices."
She said that both sides of the industry agreed that action had to be taken
by government to help the construction sector.
The trade union UCATT says it is "critical that the Scottish Government prioritise investment in construction industry projects to get thousands back to work. "
Ms. Glen has already called on the Scottish Government not to cut Dundee’s
affordable housing budget which is set to plummet by a planned 45 per cent this
year , a £4.5 million drop.