Public Sector Early-Departure Schemes

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 30th May 2013.

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Photo of Alex Salmond Alex Salmond First Minister of Scotland, Leader, Scottish National Party

As Ken Macintosh knows, we introduced a no compulsory redundancies policy over the past two or three years, progressively across central Government in Scotland. Is the Labour Party saying that it would not have a no compulsory redundancies policy? If so, it had better tell the public sector unions, which are firmly in favour of the policy.

Ken Macintosh should also compare the public service in Scotland with the service in the rest of the United Kingdom. Public service numbers are down less in Scotland than they are across the UK, because of the sensitivity with which we handle the policy.

It is right and proper to have a policy of no compulsory redundancies. If Ken Macintosh, as the Labour Party spokesman who looks after the welfare of public sector employees, would have compulsory redundancies, let him say so. Our policy meets the requirements of the public services in Scotland and is much more in tune with what the Scottish people demand than anything that Ken Macintosh could come up with.