News from Patricia Ferguson

Patricia Ferguson support's National Museum staff's pay dispute
Patricia Ferguson support's National Museum staff's pay dispute

Shadow Culture Minister Patricia Ferguson has joined staff from the National Musuem of Scotland who are in dispute with the Scottish Government over their decision to end the payment of weekend working allowance for retail and visitor services staff employed since January 2011.


The Maryhill & Springburn MSP met with the staff during a recent lobby of the Scottish Parliament and has tabled a number of Parliamentary Questions asking for further information from the Scottish Government.

MSP in Red Road Ticket plea

Maryhill & Springburn MSP Patricia Ferguson has called on the organisers of the 2014 Commonwealth Games to ensure reisdents whose homes will be evacuated for the Red Road demolition are offered tickets for the opening ceremony.

Patricia Ferguson slams "Low Pay Loophole"

Maryhill & Springburn MSP, Patricia Ferguson,has demanded the Scottish Government conduct an urgent review of sub-contracted jobs in the public sector, stating rules on public contracts result in a “Low Pay Loophole”.


Currently, people directly employed by Scottish Government departments are paid the living wage, however jobs indirectly employed by the Scottish Government on sub-contracts, such as cleaning, catering and retail, are offered no such protection due to the SNP refusing to back Labour calls for a living wage in public contracts.


The SNP must tackle the scandal of child poverty

Commenting on a debate on Child Poverty in the Scottish Parliament on the 27th March 2014, Patricia Ferguson MSP for Maryhill & Springburn, said:


“160,000 children in Scotland live in poverty. That is a disgrace.


“People living in the communities of Maryhill & Sprinburn constituency will rightly therefore ask why the SNP has cut £1 billion from poverty reduction programmes and put only £2.5million back in.


Commonwealth Baton to come to North Glasgow

Maryhill & Springburn MSP Patricia Ferguson has welcomed the news that the Queens Commonwealth Baton is to visit every Council ward in Glasgow including Springburn, Maryhill/Kelvin and Canal in her constituency.  


The Labour MSP has tabled a motion in the Scottish Parliament which notes that the Scottish leg of the Relay will see the Baton travel the length and breadth of the country- visting villages, towns and cities and showcasing Scotland's landmarks and cultures.


Ms Ferguson has particularly welcomed the news that the 'finish line event' on the first day of the Baton's tour of Glasgow will take place in Springburn Park, the highest point of the City, on the evening of the 20th July.


Ferguson slams SNP MSPs for voting against the Living Wage

Maryhill & Springburn MSP Patricia Ferguson has criticised SNP MSPs for voting against the Living Wage.


At the second reading of the Procurement Reform Bill in the Scottish Parliament the SNP members voted against a Labour amendment to deliver the Living Wage for workers employed on public contracts awarded to private companies.


The move would have boosted the earnings of a minimum wage worker by over £2000 a year.


Patricia Ferguson steps up her Living Wage campaign

Maryhill & Springburn MSP Patricia Ferguson has stepped up her campaign for the Living Wage by urging Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP to work with Scottish Labour to deliver a wage boost of over £2000 to working people in the communities of Maryhill & Springburn constituencyand across Scotland, rather than hand a near £400 million tax cut to big businesses.


Holyrood is currently debating the Procurement Reform Bill, which will change how public contracts are handed out to businesses. Scotland spends approximately £10 billion a year on procurement and Patricia Ferguson wants those employed on such contracts to be paid the living wage, currently set at £7.45 an hour.


Sport Your Trainers event marks Commonwealth Day
Sport Your Trainers event marks Commonwealth Day

Maryhill & Springburn MSP Patricia Ferguson joined Glasgow 2014 mascot, Clyde, at an event in the Scottish Parliament to promote the 2014 'Sport Your Trainers' campaign.  The annual campaign which coincides with Commonwealth Day on the 10th March, promotes the importance of physical activity.


Over 450 schools as well as young people's organisations across Scotland will be participating in the campaign.

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