Morning Star Readers and Supporters Scotland had to originally postpone this event due to the adverse weather in March. They are now glad to bring this landmark Conference on Sunday 29 April, with the original line up of speakers and workshops.
"Scotland needs an industrial strategy .... a strategy for people not for big business. ”
This conference, organised by the Morning Star newspaper, will consider the radical alternatives that now exist for an activist pro-worker industrial strategy – public ownership, a state investment bank, state aid, public sector holdings in major companies to ensure investment and innovation and the use of public procurement to require contractors to guarantee workers’ rights and to source regionally.
The keynote speaker will be Richard Leonard, leader of the Scottish Labour Party who in 2017 launched the party’s new industrial strategy. The conference will also hear Kirsty Blackman of the SNP who will speak to the party’s programme for economic development, union leaders representing key sectors of the economy and the Caterpillar team who will describe the consequences of neo-liberal industrial policy for one community in Lanarkshire.
11.00 Chair’s opening remarks: Denise Christie
11.10 AN INDUSTRIAL STRATEGY FOR PEOPLE
1 p.m. Discussion groups
a) AN ACTIVE INDUSTRIAL STRATEGY versus GLOBAL CAPITAL, WTO & EU
b) INVESTMENT & INNOVATION: PUBLIC VERSUSPRIVATE
c) COMMUNITIES AND DE-INDUSTRIALISATION
2.30 LOCAL AND REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT – POWER TO END THE GIG ECONOMY
Kirsty Blackman MP Aberdeen North; SNP Westminster spokesperson on the economy
Denise Christie Secretary FBU Scotland; Chair Scottish Labour Left (Morning Star Supporters Group)
Jackson Cullinane Head of Unite Scotland’s Political, Research & Campaigns Unit
Ian Davidson Chair of ROSE
Roz Foyer Senior Organiser Unite Scotland
Lynn Henderson Scottish Secretary PCS
Tam Kirby Fife People’s Assembly; Unite Scottish EC
Richard Leonard MSP Central Scotland; leader Scottish Labour Party
Vince Mills Secretary, Scottish Labour Left (Morning Star Supporters Group)
Samantha Ritchie Labour Party activist