Unite says infrastructure investment must rebalance Sc...

Unite says infrastructure investment must rebalance Scottish economy

10 August 2016

Unite Scotland says any investment in Scotland’s economy must support jobs, address inequality, and rebalance the economy.

The union was commenting following first minister Nicola Sturgeon’s announcement of measures to support and stimulate the economy in the wake of the EU referendum.

Unite Scottish secretary Pat Rafferty said: “Too many people in Scotland are being left without work, or are struggling in the face of stagnant wages, rising utility bills, higher living costs and job insecurity. 

“Our country needs an industrial strategy supported by long-term, public-led investment in transport, energy, housing and communications. Without this infrastructure, industry cannot flourish and working people will continue to struggle.

“Unite recently welcomed the focus on infrastructure investment from Labour shadow chancellor John McDonnell, and we look forward to seeing the detail of today’s announcement from the first minister. 

“But Unite is clear – any public investment in infrastructure, whether from Holyrood or Westminster, must help us move away from a casino economy based on rising inequality, and rebalance it away from an over-reliance on financial services.” 


For further information, or to an arrange an interview, contact Unite Scotland media officer David Eyre on 07960 451631. Email

Notes to editors:

  • More details of Nicola Sturgeon’ s announcement can be found at the Scottish Government website.
  • Unite Scotland is the country’s biggest and most diverse trade union with 150,000 members across the economy.  The union is led in Scotland by Pat Rafferty.