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April 23, 2007 12:43 ET

Amicus campaign for Labour hits Scotland

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(CCNMatthews - April 23, 2007) - Amicus' General Secretary, Derek Simpson will be on the campaign trail in Scotland this week to impress on members and activists the need to vote Labour in the May elections.

Derek Simpson will be meeting with Scottish Parliamentary Labour candidates and hundreds of Amicus members and shop stewards attending three rallies in Glasgow, Aberdeen and Edinburgh between 24th to 26th April.

Derek Simpson, Amicus' General Secretary, said: "We hear a lot about the negatives but Labour has achieved so much in Scotland.

"Since Labour came to power unemployment has fallen and Scotland now has the highest employment rate in the UK and is among the highest in the European Union. Labour also introduced and has continued to increase the minimum wage which the SNP and Tories failed to support.

"I am the first to say that not everything is perfect and that there is much more that needs to be done, but there can only be one choice for trade unionist and that is Labour."

John Quigley, Amicus' Regional Secretary for Scotland, said: "With Labour in power Scotland has become a stronger, fairer society.

"Labour has created 34,000 Modern Apprentices two years ahead of schedule and has pledged to increase this number to 50,000 a year by the end of the next parliamentary term. Trade Union Leaner Reps through the Scottish Union Learning Fund are encouraging a culture for Lifelong Learning in the workplace helping trade union members back into education.

"Also, people in Scotland were the first to enjoy healthier smoke free public spaces and lots of our retired members enjoy the benefits of free bus travel throughout Scotland, free central heating and free personal nursing care."

Interview and photo opportunities
If you would like to interview or photograph Derek Simpson, the General Secretary of Amicus, on his Scotland visit or John Quigley, Amicus' Regional Secretary please contact Ashraf Choudhury 020 7420 8914 or 07980 224 761.

Contact Information

  • Amicus
    Ashraf Choudhury
    020 7420 8914 or 07980 224 761.