Thursday 26 September 2019

Thomas Cook

I’m sure everyone reading this will know of the demise of Thomas Cook. It is a bitter blow across the travel and tourism industry particularly those employees, agencies and customers.

The CAA were quick to put in place advice for travellers which you can access here https://thomascook.caa.co.uk/ and I also took the opportunity to ask the Scottish Government what support they will offer to employees and customers which can be accessed here: http://www.parliament.scot/parliamentarybusiness/report.aspx?r=12273&i=110927

Unite the Union is planning to hold a seminar/drop in session for Thomas Cook former employees on Monday 30 September 2019 from 1 pm until 5 pm in their offices in John Smith House, 145 West Regent Street, Glasgow.

Unite will invite their members to come in and they will provide legal guidance and back to work support. Unite has 3,000 Thomas Cook members, the bulk of whom are cabin crew and engineers. There is no collective agreement that covers employees in the Thomas Cook stores and so they will extend the invitation to all Thomas Cook employees.

The Scottish Government will also provide support through our Partnership Action for Continuing Employment (PACE) initiative. Attendees will have the opportunity to speak with PACE representatives for advice on a range of issues.

Language Hub

09.19-eu-language-hub.jpgIt was a pleasure to attend the official launch of the EU Language Hub on Saturday.

I was joined by my colleague Patrick Grady MP along with the Swiss Consul and Hub staff Michelle and Andrea.

This facility has gone from strength to strength offering classes for all age groups as well as offering resources and support to schools.

They teach young children through the use of song, rhyme and musical instruments. For older children, they incorporate toys, games, songs, dance, and arts & crafts to keep them engaged and having fun at the same time.

They also run literacy workshops for children and cultural events for adults.

The adults classes focus on individual needs within a very small class setting and they provide all the learning materials required.

On another note today is European Day of Languages!

Westminster

The chaos continues amid the ruling from the Supreme Court where all 11 judges ruled the actions of the Prime Minister were unlawful.

It is truly historic and unprecedented in our modern democracy that a prime minister has been held to have broken the law to ‘frustrate or prevent the ability of parliament to carry out its constitutional functions’.

The situation is extremely fluid and I know my colleagues in West minster are pushing for a guarantee that No Deal Brexit will be taken off the table.

Colleges Scotland

09.19 CoGC Colleges Scotland ReceptionRepresentatives from the City of Glasgow College were exhibiting as part of Colleges Scotland reception in the Scottish Parliament this week.

I’m pictured with Dr Manhal Alnasser from the Faculty of Nautical & STEM and Linus Reichenbach the Project Manager for STEM and Innovation.

They were highlighting their research project into Oxygen Depletion in Enclosed Spaces,

You can find out more about the project and the faculty here: www.cityofglasgowcollege.ac.uk/BODE

Referendum

For my general question this week I raised the issue of voting thresholds. This was on the back of a recent petition to the Scottish Parliament requesting a two third majority in any future referendum.

I’d recommend having a look at the exchanges here: http://www.parliament.scot/parliamentarybusiness/report.aspx?r=12279&i=110998

Commonwealth

09.19 Commonwealth War GravesThe Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) were exhibiting in the Parliament this week and I stopped by to chat with their representatives.

CWGC honours the 1.7 million men and women of the Commonwealth forces who died in the First and Second World Wars, and ensures they will never be forgotten.

There are a number of Commonwealth War Graves across the city with Glasgow Necropolis here in the constituency on Wishart Street.

CWGC commemorates the war dead, from building and maintaining their cemeteries and memorials at 23,000 locations in more than 150 countries and territories to preservation of their extensive records and archives.

You can find out more about their work here: https://www.cwgc.org/

Climate Change

Scotland will now have the most ambitious statutory targets in the world and its contribution to climate change will end, definitively, within a generation with the passing of landmark legislation in Parliament this week.

The new legislation commits Scotland to becoming a net-zero society by 2045 – five years before the rest of the UK and in line with the advice from the UK Committee on Climate Change.

The Scottish Government also adopted an ambitious new target to reduce emissions by 75% by 2030 – the toughest statutory target of any country in the world.

Scotland is rightly recognised as a world-leader in tackling climate change – we were one of the first countries to declare a climate emergency, and the SNP is now leading by example by committing to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2045.

WASPI

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As Co-Convener of the Cross Party Group on Women Against State Pension Increase (WASPI) I was delighted to see such a large turnout for our latest meeting.

With cross party support and representation from WASPI groups across the country the meeting was certainly lively!

The CPG will continue to support the WASPI women in their fight for justice and hold the Westminster Government to account for their decisions which have had a devastating effect on women across all 4 nations.

 

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