SNP welcome women's jobs summit

SNP MSP Christina McKelvie has welcomed an announcement from the First Minister that Scotland’s first Women’s Employment Summit will be held this year.

Alex Salmond told the annual STUC Congress in Inverness that helping more women into work is a top priority if Scotland’s economy is to grow faster.

Ms McKelvie, SNP MSP for Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse, and a former UNISON shop steward, said:

“Tackling unemployment among women is critical, not just for our economy but for households across the country.

“Although we have higher female employment, the statistics for women need to be improved and we must do all we can to address this.

“That is why this announcement from the First Minister is so welcome – the summit will focus efforts on creating more jobs and helping females into employment.

“Women have a lot to offer our economy we must do everything we can to ensure we utilise these talents and abilities.

“The SNP Government remains committed to addressing this serious issue, having already begun conversations with STUC on a number of issues – including how to attract more females into manufacturing.

"And two thirds of the thousands of people benefitting from the introduction of the living wage are women.

“Women’s progress in the workplace needs to be nurtured and I believe this summit is a strong step in doing that.”