In fairness there are a couple of good ideas in it . They’ve discovered the courage of Labour’s convictions over a 50p tax rate on the richest and ending ‘non dom’ tax status. It’s when they stopped cutting and pasting from the Scottish Labour Manifesto that it starts to go wrong. And when it comes to workers being exploited on Zero Hours Contracts the SNP get it pretty badly wrong.
Labour’s manifesto is straight forward "Labour will ban exploitative zero-hours contracts. Those who work regular hours for more than twelve weeks will have a legal right to a regular contract."
That is a clear commitment that everyone can understand.
But the SNP? Oh Dear.
Their manifesto says "We will support efforts in the next parliament to end unfair and exploitative zero-hour contracts, with a time-limited consultation, which fully involves business and the trade unions, to agree the most effective way forward."
What exactly is the commitment here? To try to reach an understanding acceptable to business and ehh that's it.
Haud me back.
Labour have recognised exploitation and made it clear a Labour Government will see it tackled.
The SNP have recognised exploitation and decided they want a conversation with Brian Souter and Rupert Murdoch about it.
From a trade union point of view – we don’t want to talk about exploitative Zero Hours Contracts – we want to see people with guaranteed hours.
There really is nothing to talk about.
By saying there is, the SNP are letting the most exploited section of the workforce down.
Every vote for the SNP makes tackling ZHC’s more difficult.
Suppose the SNP get enough seats to deny Labour a majority. A minority Labour Government would put forward it's plans forward for a ban... the SNP put forward their plans to consult big business and reach to reach an agreement. Which proposal will Con Dems support? Not difficult to work that one out.
A vote for the SNP is a luxury workers struggling on exploitative Zero Hours Contracts can’t afford.