18 May 2004
UNISON calls on Scottish Enterprise boss to come clean
Scottish public service union, UNISON, today called on the Chief Executive of
Scottish Enterprise, Jack Perry to come clean on the future of over 400 staff
in CareersScotland following his recent announcement at the Scottish Engineering
annual dinner, that Scottish Enterprise should not be involved in delivering the
Scottish Executive's social inclusion agenda.
In letters to both to Mr
Perry and to Enterprise Minister Jim Wallace MSP, UNISON is seeking to clarify
the policies of both Scottish Enterprise and the Executive.
Organiser Matt McLaughlin said, "Careers Scotland was created a little over two
years ago by the then Enterprise Minister Wendy Alexander MSP after a detailed
period of review and consultation. The main purpose of the new organisation is
to provide a one-stop shop to enable all Scots to discover how they can exploit
their skills in the economy.
"In one fell swoop Mr Perry has apparently
not only rewritten Scottish Executive policy, but has also consigned those within
our community who need most help, - older people, people with skills gaps and
people who may not have a record of academic achievement - to the dustbin."
further on Mr Perry's view that Scottish Enterprise should focus more on its role
as an economic development agency. Matt added, "UNISON understands why Mr Perry
might take the view that regenerating Clyde waterfront is more in keeping with
the role of an economic development agency. New buildings and job creation looks
good on Scottish Enterprise's CV.
"However his view completely ignores
the fact that Careers Scotland is not an economic regeneration company, it is
aligned to Scottish Enterprise because people see the sense in enterprise, skills
and learning working together for the benefit of every Scot. Is he saying that
we should not have a Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning either?"
For Further Information Please Contact: Matt McLaughlin ( Regional
Organiser) 0845 355 0845 (w) 07946339036 (m) Chris Bartter (Communications Officer)
0845 355 0845(w) 0771 558 3729(m)