LABOUR has accused the SNP of double standards after reports that blacklisting employers has been given spots on an apprenticeship advisory board.
Speaking in a Holyrood debate marking Apprenticeship Week on Thursday, MSP Richard Leonard said that while the Scottish government claimed to have barred blacklisters from public contracts, it was “more than happy for them to sit on the board of an organisation which directs the creation of apprenticeships in Scotland.”
The Labour MSP also warned that the low number of trade unions represented on the board was “neither democratic nor representative. Blacklisters Balfour Beatty and BAM Construction both have a representative on the board, he said.
Mr Leonard warned that if the Scottish government “simply provides for employer domination of the design and quality of Scotland’s apprenticeships they will be tailored solely to meet the ends of the employers.”