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ASDA SURGERY

Today was my last surgery of the Parliamentary term before Parliament dissolves and the campaign begins. I hope to be re-elected and continue holding them in 2020.

Thank you to everyone who wished me well and said they’ll vote SNP on the 12th of December.

A common issue today was housing. The SNP have built 60,000 social homes since 2007 and have pledged another 35,000 over the course of this Parliament. We are listening to and delivering for the people of Scotland.

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ASDA CONTINUING TO THREATEN WORKERS

Following my letter to Asda CEO – Roger Burnley – regarding the forceful changing of workers’ contracts, I have received a response refusing a meeting.

Many workers are refusing to sign new contracts as they would lose out on an average of £500 per year and struggle with care responsibilities. Those who don’t sign will face the sack this weekend. This is outrageous and a disgusting abuse of power.

I stand with the workers in Asda in Motherwell and all those across the UK. Asda’s response is not good enough. They must get around the negotiating table. Show your support by signing and sharing this petition.

The Tories have undermined employment law so that it’s easier for employers to get away with whatever they want. The SNP supports the repeal of the Tories’ Trade Union Act to replace it with proper rights so that workers won’t have to tolerate this treatment.

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MP BACKS ASDA WORKERS IN TERMS DISPUTE

“ARCHAIC” BOSSES “BULLYING” STAFF BY THREATENING SACK

Motherwell and Wishaw MP, Marion Fellows, has thrown her weight behind ASDA workers in their dispute over terms in a letter to ASDA Chief Executive, Roger Burnley, and called for dialogue.

Under the new contract, workers would lose out on paid break time and be forced to work bank holidays whether they were contracted to or not.

Staff could also have their shifts changed at four weeks’ notice impacting workers’ plans – especially those with care responsibilities.

Workers are being told to sign new contracts by 2 November or face the sack.

GMB union says that the new conditions would make 3,000 shop floor staff worse off.

Commenting, Mrs Fellows said:

“ASDA bosses’ attempts to bully workers into agreeing to the new contract by threatening them with the sack is despicable and archaic. These are the people who stock the shelves and work the tills, they deserve respect. ASDA bosses must get around the negotiating table and rule out making any staff redundant for refusing the new contract.

“Workers have legitimate issues around shift patterns, and holiday and break entitlements. ASDA can’t just expect staff with responsibilities such as caring for others to change their lives to meet employers’ expectations or expect thousands of staff to work longer for less.

“Under the Tories’ employment law, Scotland and the rest of the UK are going backwards to the Victorian age. This will only get worse after Brexit when the rights workers have fought for over centuries will be piled on the Brexit bonfire.”

The public are being encouraged to sign GMB’s petition ‘Tell ASDA: Respect your Workers’: https://www.gmb.org.uk/campaign/tell-asda-respect-your-workers

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This Week #23

13th – 19th June 2016


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On Tuesday, Marion was at Westminster attending meetings, briefings, and, as shown above, showing Fir Park School pupils round the Parliament.

Marion was also keen to join other Parliamentarians and staff outside Westminster to commemorate those who were killed in the Orlando shootings.

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Marion with other Parliamentarians outside Westminster, commemorating those who lost their lives in the Orlando shootings.



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On Thursday, Marion was delighted to speak at the NL International Conference at the Glo Centre in Motherwell. Schools from all other North Lanarkshire gathered to debate topics including Syria and the refugee crisis. It was a fantastic event with some passionate speeches – definitely a few people to look out for in the political future – and some great music from pipers and the toe tapping St Aidan’s High School Samba Band!

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Marion speaking at the NL International Conference.

Later in the day, Marion also visited Carfin Grotto where Aid to the Church in Need were hosting 1,200 schoolchildren from all over Scotland. Despite the weather, they remained upbeat and enjoyed the day with a choir and music provided by Taylor High School.

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Marion meets local pupils at Carfin Grotto.

Thursday was also the day on which Jo Cox, MP for Batley and Spen, was senselessly attacked and killed while carrying out work for her constituents. The thoughts of Marion and her constituency office staff are with Jo’s husband, children, family and friends in the wake of such a shocking tragedy.

 



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Marion and Clare Adamson MSP were in attendance at the Beechwood Care Home to mark National Care Home Open Day on Friday. 

Everyday in care homes across the country staff show kindness to our loved ones, share laughs and stories with residents and provide fun activities. These successes should be celebrated and encouraged, particularly during such times of austerity and when we have an ageing population living longer than ever.

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Marion & Clare meet staff at Beechwood Care Home.

Marion also spent some time at the Motherwell ASDA meeting local people, answering questions, and offering assistance. As well as Marion’s regular monthly surgeries, the Motherwell and Wishaw MP strives to be accessible to constituents as much as possible, including recent “pop-up surgeries” at supermarkets, Central Mosque Lanarkshire, New College Lanarkshire, and Motherwell Baptist Church.

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Marion meets shoppers.

Friday also provided Marion the opportunity to meet with staff and volunteers at the Citizens Advice Bureau in Motherwell.

Marion is extremely concerned at a potential 50% cut in core funding to Motherwell & Wishaw Citizens Advice Bureau with removal of their debt advice service. In addition further cuts could see the closure of Wishaw CAB. This free, independent and impartial advice is vital to help the most vulnerable members of our community who will yet again be hit the hardest.

Please sign and share this petition to protect these services.

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Marion meets staff and volunteers at CAB Motherwell.



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On Saturday, it was all about preparation as Marion and her team mates got ready for the St Andrews Hospice Ladies Midnight Walk. Before long, it Saturday turned to Sunday and it was time to head off…



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This Week #19

16th – 22nd May 2016


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Wednesday marked the formal start of the 2016-17 parliamentary year with the State Opening of Parliament.

Ahead of the Queen’s Speech, the Scottish National Party set out its own Alternative Queen’s Speech, putting forward the party’s progressive alternative to the damaging austerity policies of the UK government, calling for measures to make the UK fairer, more prosperous and more equal, and proving once again that the SNP is the only clear, consistent and effective opposition to the Tories at Westminster. The Alternative Queen’s Speech can be read in full here.



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Marion’s Thursday at Westminster revolved around a number of briefings and meetings over the course of the day.

The Motherwell and Wishaw MP also lodged two Early Day Motions on Thursday commemorating the silver anniversary of Motherwell FC’s 1991 Scottish Cup win and congratulation the pupils of Mossend Primary School on taking first place in this year’s North Lanarkshire Schools Dance Finals.



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On Friday, Marion’s staff were out and about in the constituency meeting local people, answering questions and providing assistance with various issues, including a visit to Motherwell ASDA.

Fiona, Marion's Office Manager, meets constituents.
Fiona, Marion’s Office Manager, meets constituents.

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This Week #14


Monday (11th April 2016)

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Tuesday (12th April 2016

On Tuesday, an emergency steel debate was called in Parliament. Although the Scottish Government and Steel Task Force, of which Marion was a member, were able to find a buyer for Scotland’s steelworks, the UK Government still needs to form a full and proper plan for the manufacturing and steel sector for the UK.

The UK Government also needs to oppose market economic status for China to prevent further dumping of Chinese steel in Europe. However, the Tories care far more about forming cosy relationships with Beijing than they do about saving the livelihoods of steelworkers and a long term future for steel.

Marion also submitted an Early Day Motion praising the Scottish Government and Scottish Steel Taskforce for their hard work in ensuring a new owner was found for the steelworks at Dalzell and Clydebridge.


Wednesday (13th April 2016)

Marion spoke in a debate on education on Wednesday. Education is devolved to the Scottish Parliament, however Marion was on hand to advise Westminster MPs using my experience in further education in Scotland. It is essential that when creating new, independent academies the cost is acknowledged and that focus is not lost to the detriment of English pupils. Marion wishes her Westminster colleagues the best in securing a bright future for their youngsters.


Thursday (14th April 2016)

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Friday (15th April 2016)

On Friday, Marion was in Motherwell’s Asda to meet local people and provide contact information for assistance with any issues they may be having. It was a very productive visit which allowed Marion to meet a number of people living within the constituency, keen to discuss a variety of matters.

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Saturday (16th April 2016)

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