Jim McGovern joins Dundee HMRC staff to celebrate jobs victory

Dundee West MP, Jim McGovern, today (Monday 15th September) offered his congratulations to members of the Public & Commercial Services Union who, standing together, have successfully campaigned to secure jobs for 40 members of staff in HMRC's Dundee Contact centre.

Speaking outside the Building, Mr McGovern said;

"This is a victory once again for the solidarity of PCS Members and Dundee people as a whole.  That this was achieved without the need for the PCS to take industrial action is a victory for common sense on both sides, and I join with PCS now in calling for similar solutions for all staff threatened with redundancy around Scotland and the wider UK."

The image below shows the Dundee HMRC staff outside the contact centre on Monday 15th September.

Jim McGovern condemns SNP Bedroom Tax hypocrisy

Dundee West MP Jim McGovern has accused the SNP of showing blatant hypocrisy after it emerged that only two SNP MP’s showed up to vote against the Bedroom Tax.

The vote in the House of Commons to exempt more people from the Bedroom Tax was passed by MP’s in Westminster, including Labour and Liberal Democrats MP’s. All Scottish Labour MPs were present and voted in support of the Bill.

Jim McGovern said;

“I am shocked that so many SNP MPs failed to vote against the Bedroom Tax today. We had before us an opportunity to make a real difference to those in Dundee who have been hurt by this policy. I and my Labour colleagues seized that opportunity but the SNP were nowhere to be seen.”

“The SNP have been vocal in their opposition to this policy so I am surprised that most of them did not bother to show up to vote. Yet again we only hear warm words from the SNP but precious little action.”

“The SNP in Dundee will now have to explain to the people of Dundee why so many of their MPs decided not to take action against the Bedroom Tax. They will have to explain what was more important than that. I fear their obsession with separation has lead them to forget the job they were elected to do, to represent the people of Dundee and Scotland.”

“I am proud that the Labour Party took a stand today. Today’s vote was an important step in seeing the back of the Bedroom Tax. “

“The SNP are guilty of stunning hypocrisy today. It is clear from their attitude that there is only one way to get rid of the Bedroom Tax entirely; that is to vote in a Labour government in Westminster next year as part of the UK.”

The picture below shows the Scottish Labour group of MPs alongside English colleagues in Westminster ahead of the vote.