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Scottish Green Party conference will run as an online gathering this weekend.

 

Ahead of the formal event, Patrick Harvie will launch the party’s Green New Deal for Scotland’s workers this afternoon. The report will call on the Scottish and UK governments to improve workers’ rights, pay and conditions. The party will also call for all companies who receive public grants in Scotland to recognise trade unions, eliminate precarious contracts and pay at least the real Living Wage.

 

Speaking ahead of the launch, Patrick Harvie said: “We need to create and retain skilled and high-quality jobs in Scotland. Our New Deal for workers would rebuild the public sector to reverse the erosion of rights, restore wages and the dignity of work and end zero-hour contracts. It would put workers and unions centre stage in driving a transition to a zero-carbon economy and creating quality, unionised and well-paid green jobs.”

 

On Saturday the main stage discussions will focus on green recovery.  On Sunday, Andy Wightman will unveil an action plan on land reform followed by a discussion on ‘A Fairer Scotland’.

 

Policy motions scheduled for debate are on the curriculum, waste policy, health and social care, biodiversity, student grants, driving culture, support for journalism, lifelong learning and private education.

 

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FRIDAY 23 OCTOBER
13:30 – 15:00

  • Media Session: A New Deal for Scotland’s Workers (13:30 – 15:00)
  • Fringe: Resilience – the other R value – Royal Society of Edinburgh
  • Fringe: A Vision for the 2020s: Focus on Sight Loss – RNIB

SATURDAY 24 OCTOBER – MORNING SESSION
10:00 – 12:45

  • Opening/Introduction: Alison Johnstone, Lorna Slater and Patrick Harvie
  • Plenary & Panel Discussion on Green Recovery with Alison Johnstone (chair), Annamie Paul (Leader of Green Party of Canada), Richard Dixon, FOE Scotland, Cllr Claire Miller (10:30 – 11:30)
  • Holyrood 2021 Campaign & Manifesto: Green Recovery – Discussion Session (11:45 – 12:45)

SATURDAY 24 OCTOBER – AFTERNOON SESSION
13:30 – 17:00

  • Fringe: tbc
  • International Message
  • Emergency/Policy motions (15:00 – 17:00)

SUNDAY 25 OCTOBER – MORNING SESSION
10:00 – 12:45

  • Keynote: A Green Vision for Scotland – Land Reform: Andy Wightman (10:00 – 10:30)
  • Plenary & Panel Discussion on A Fairer Scotland for All with Cllr Kim Long (chair), Oladosu Adenike (Fridays for Future), Nadia Kanyange, Ellie Gomersall (10:30 – 11:30)
  • Holyrood 2021 Campaign & Manifesto: A Fairer Scotland for All – Discussion Session (11:45 – 12:45)

SUNDAY 25 OCTOBER – AFTERNOON SESSION
13:30-16:00

  • International Message
  • Policy, Conference & Constitutional motions (13:45 – 15:45)
  • Closing speech: Mags Hall (15:45 – 16:00)

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