Linda Fabiani MSP was pleased to welcome Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Economy and Fair Work, Derek MacKay MSP to East Kilbride on Monday morning to meet with the local PCS branch to discuss concerns about the pending closure of HMRC in EK.
The Cabinet Secretary was interested to hear the perspective of local employees and the ongoing campaign backed by the EK News and the concerns of the EK Task Force about the effect on the town on the impending closure.
Linda Fabiani MSP said:
“In the absence of any response to me by the UK Secretary of State for Scotland, and the lack of information coming from Westminster, it was good to talk and ask Mr MacKay to confirm the Scottish Government’s support for keeping HMRC jobs in EK.
The fight continues for HMRC to ‘stay in EK’.”
PCS East Kilbride Vice-President John Davidson said:
“We received a fair hearing from the Finance Secretary who seemed receptive to our arguments that the plan to close East Kilbride is wrong on human, economic and fiscal levels. At a time when HMRC admits that the tax gap runs to tens of billions of pounds each year, and more staff are needed to deal with the consequences of Brexit alone, a moratorium is the minimum the UK government should declare over the closures. We will be working with Mr MacKay and our many other supporters in the weeks, months and years to come to ensure that tax jobs Stay in EK.”
(L-R Government Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Economy & Fair Work, Derek Mackay MSP, Branch President Scott Clark, PCS Industrial Officer Cat Boyd, Branch Vice-President John Davidson & Linda Fabiani MSP for East Kilbride)