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Summary

  1. Education Secretary John Swinney gives evidence to the Education Committee on workforce planning in schools
  2. Rural economy and connectivity ministers will take portfolio questions, followed by the environment, climate change and land reform ministers
  3. The Scottish government leads a debate on protecting worker’s rights
  4. After decision time SNP MSP Clare Adamson leads a member’s debate on Child Safety Week

Live Reporting

By Colin Bell and Craig Hutchison

All times stated are UK

Goodnight from Holyrood Live...

Holyrood
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That ends our coverage of the Scottish Parliament for Wednesday 31 May 2017.

We'll be back tomorrow.

Have a good night.

Partnership is key to sharing information on safety says Mr McDonald

Mr McDonald says the government are delighted to have funded Child Safety Week since 2008.

The childcare and early years minister says partnership is key to sharing information on safety.

He says there are many examples of good practice across the country.

Mr McDonald says the government continues to engage with Water Safety Scotland which is important to highlight at this time of year.

He says the government will continue to work with partners and stakeholders.

'We want to create a society that is risk aware rather than risk diverse'

Childcare and Early Years Minister Mark McDonald
BBC

Childcare and Early Years Minister Mark McDonald says he was also a member of the Tufty Club in the 1980s.

Mr McDonald says he has drawn two conclusions from Mr Stevenson's speech saying "he is accident prone and immortal".

"We want to create a society that is risk aware rather than risk diverse," he says, talking of the importance of children being allowed to explore the world around them.

Mr McDonald says the Scottish government works closely with RoSPA.

Green MSP has proposed a bill to set a default 20mph speed limit in urban areas

Mark Ruskell
BBC

Green MSP Mark Ruskell congratulates the Child Accident Prevention Trust.

Mr Ruskell says "we live in a complicated technological world" and so many of us are spending a lot of time looking at screens.

The Green MSP says sharing information on safety is important.

He says he has proposed a bill to set a default 20mph speed limit in urban areas.

The capsules used in laundry, button batteries and plastic bags all present a risk says Tory MSP

Tory MSP Alexander Stewart
BBC

Tory MSP Alexander Stewart says this debate is particularly poignant given the Manchester attack.

Mr Stewart says the capsules used in laundry, button batteries and plastic bags all present a risk.

The Tory MSP says there are measures such as traffic calming and 20mph zones to try and cut down on accidents.

He says he was a member of the Tufty club and it taught him some "valuable lessons".

'Please be careful sitting down'

Deputy Presiding Officer Linda Fabiani tells Mr Stevenson to be careful sitting down following his speech about all his accidents.

"The wheels on the seats can be a bit dodgy," she says.

'Don't fly with me'

SNP MSP Stewart Stevenson
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SNP MSP Stewart Stevenson says he has experienced many accidents as a child and an adult.

Mr Stevenson says he has come off a plane in an emergency on three seperate occasions "so don't fly with me".

Labour MSP Jackie Baillie intervenes to ask if the chamber should be cleared considering the member is so accident prone.

Mr Stevenson says people should stick with him because he always survives.

He says parents do not always know that their children are going to do the things that cause accidents so it is important to mitigate against them.

Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA)

Taken from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents website:

"Accidents are the biggest threat to you and your family for most your life. In fact, more than 14,000 people die as a result of accidents across the UK each year, while thousands more are maimed and millions are injured. Businesses are ruined. Families are devastated. Children grow up without parents, parents without children.

"Yet despite the scale and severity of the problem, accidents are still too often discussed with a shrug of the shoulders. There is a pervasive belief amongst some people that accidents are somehow inevitable. That they can't be stopped."

Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents website
RoSPA

Children must unplug from distractions when crossing the road says Tory MSP

Tory MSP Bill Bowman
BBC

Tory MSP Bill Bowman says roads are busy and there are more distractions for children, such as the smartphone and headphones.

Mr Bowman says "children must unplug from all that".

The Tory MSP pays tribute to Capt and RoSPA for their work in raising awareness in this area.

Background: Cyclist dies after being hit by minibus following Edinburgh tram track fall

Edinburgh scene of accident
BBC

A cyclist has died after her wheel became stuck in tram tracks and she fell into the path of a minibus in Edinburgh city centre.

The 24-year-old woman was struck on Princes Street, at its junction with Lothian Road, at about 08:30.

Police Scotland is appealing for witnesses to come forward and telling motorists to avoid the area.

The Rabbie's Tours bus had been taking passengers on a trip to the West Highlands when the incident happened.

Read more here.

Cyclist death is an important reminder of the importance of road safety

Clare Adamson
BBC

Ms Adamson says there are lots of different things that people can do during Child Safety Week and it is about partnerships.

The SNP MSP says using local facilities such as libraries to promote safety messages is important.

She says "we need to understand the dangers of water" and that it takes only 5cm of water for a toddler to drown.

Ms Adamson says the accident in Edinburgh this morning, in which a cyclist died, is a reminder of the importance of road safety.

Child Accident Prevention Trust

Capt website
Capt

Taken from the Capt Child Safety Week website:

"This year, Child Safety Week takes place from Monday 5th to Sunday 11th June 2017, with the theme Safe children: sharing is caring.

"We are asking friends, families, communities and professionals to show they care by playing their part in keeping children safe and sharing their experience and knowledge – not just about the horrors of accidents, but also the really practical, simple things they do to prevent them."

'We were all shocked and saddened by the horrific attack on children in Manchester last week'

Clare Adamson
BBC

Ms Adamson says "we were all shocked and saddened by the horrific attack on children in Manchester last week."

The SNP MSP says no one can prepare a parent for this type of tragedy and, although a deliberate act of terrorism is different to an accident, it will be in her mind during Child Safety Week.

She says she has had the pleasure of working with Capt over the past couple of years.

SNP MSP pays tribute to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents

Tufty club
BBC
The Tufty club persuaded pre-school children of the dangers of the road

Ms Adamson highlights the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) which, this year, celebrates its centenary.

The SNP MSP says that RoSPA’s past successes from the Tufty Club in the 1960s and the introduction of the seatbelt law in the 1980s, to a successful campaign for moulded plugs in 1992 and EU-wide regulations on looped blind cords in 2014.

She highlights the new hazards for parents and carers to be aware of such as liquid laundry capsules, button batteries, hair straighteners and nappy sacks.

Ms Adamson congratulates the organisations that continue to work tirelessly and collaboratively in the field of accident prevention and child safety.

Parents urged to share experiences and learning

Parent crossing the road with child
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Ms Adamson says that Capt help families understand the risks, consequences and the simple ways in which accidents can be prevented.

The SNP MSP says that work undertaken in Child Safety Week involves bringing together individuals and organisations around the UK to promote safety messages to families in a fun and engaging way.

She says this encourages parents and carers to increase confidence by sharing experiences and learning.

Ms Adamson congratulates Capt and other organisations working in accident prevention on their outstanding dedication.

Child Safety Week: 5 - 11 June 2017

Parent next to a child in crib
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SNP MSP Clare Adamson uses her motion to highlight Child Safety Week.

The annual campaign run by the Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT) takes place this year between 5 and 11 June 2017.

This year's theme is “sharing is caring”.

Ms Adamson says that accidents are a leading cause of death, serious injury and acquired disability for children and young people in the UK.

The SNP MSP says that they account for three deaths every week and over 2,000 hospital admissions and that many of these accidents can be prevented.

Child Safety Week debate begins...

Here is Ms Adamson's motion.

Motion
Scottish Parliament

The government motion as amended is agreed to

The government motion as amended is agreed to, with 63 MSPs backing it and 23 against and with four abstentions.

Government motion
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Labour amendment
Scottish Parliament
Green amendment
Scottish Parliament

The Green amendment is agreed to

The Green amendment is agreed to, with 64 MSPs backing it and 27 against.

Green amendment
Scottish Parliament

The Labour amendment is agreed to

Labour amendment
Scottish Parliament

The Labour amendment is agreed to, with 64 MSPs backing it and 27 against.

The Tory amendment is not agreed to

Tory amendment
Scottish Parliament

The Tory amendment is not agreed to, with 23 MSPs backing it and 68 against.

Decision time

We now move to decision time

Minister says the SNP has achieved an 80% rate of paying the living wage in Scotland

keith Brown
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Mr Brown says the SNP has achieved an 80% rate of paying the living wage in Scotland.

The economy secretary says Labour stood with the Conservative party against the devolution of employment law to Scotland.

He calls for the full range of employment powers to be transferred to Scotland.

The Scottish government oppose the Trade Union act and support its repeal says Keith Brown

Mr Brown says the Scottish government object to the UK government's introduction of tribunal fees.

The jobs and fair work secretary says the Scottish government oppose the Trade Union act and support its repeal.

He says working with Trade Unions and treating them with respect is the best way to settle disputes.

Mr Brown says the Scottish government has no deficit and balances its books every year but that the UK government has a deficit.

Mr Lockhart intervenes to say a strong economy is required to support workers' rights and asks if Mr Brown is concerned that Scotland is halfway to recession.

Mr Brown says he agrees that a strong economy is required.

Minister calls for employment law to be devolved to Scotland

Economy Secretary Keith Brown
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Economy Secretary Keith Brown

Economy Secretary Keith Brown thanks Michelle Ballantyne for her maiden speech.

Mr Brown says the Scottish government is passionately committed to protecting workers' rights.

He says paying the living wage is as much in the interest of companies as it is in the interest of their employeees

Mr Brown says Scotland has the highest proportion of workers paid the living wage in the UK..

He calls for employment law to be devolved to Scotland.

Workers' rights will be retained and strengthened following Brexit says Mr Golden

Labour MSP Neil Findlay intervenes to say workers' rights will be rolled back further if Theresa May is re-elected and that people should vote Labour.

Mr Golden says the UK government is introducing more workers' rights.

The Tory MSP says the prime minister has made it clear that all workers' rights will be retained and strengthened.

He says the additional measures are important for better relations between employers and employees.

Mr Golden says Trade Unions are at their best when they are standing up for workers and representing the many and not the few.

He says this is why protecting against undemocratic strike action is important.

Tory MSP says there is now 'strong and stable industrial relations'

Conservative MSP Maurice Golden
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Conservative MSP Maurice Golden

Conservative MSP Maurice Golden says the UK stands as a global leader on workers' rights.

Mr Golden calls on the government to reflect on what more it can do with procurement where workers' rights are not protected.

He says growing the economy should not be at the expense of the workforce.

Mr Golden says there is now "strong and stable industrial relations".

He pays tribute to a "magnificent maiden speech from Michelle Ballantyne".

'Don't be deceived' by the Tories

Mr Leonard says "don't be deceived" by the Tories because they "try to con people" to allow "the rich to rule the roost".

The Labour MSP says the impact of Brexit must be considered.

He asks if "the future of workers' rights are safe in the hands" of the Tories and says people need to consider this in the coming days.

"Trade unions are a social and economic force," he says.

Labour MSP says the Trade Union Act is an attempt to suppress the rights of working people

Labour MSP Richard Leonard says the Conservative party tries to use all the machinery of the state to shut down industrial action.

Mr Leonard says he is describing he Trade Union Act in 2016, which he says is the latest crude attempt by Tory government to suppress the rights and aspirations of working people.

He says the act is about the domination of one class by the other.

Labour MSP Richard Leonard
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Labour MSP Richard Leonard

Mr Leonard says his party is critical of the Scottish government's voluntary approach in the Business pledge.

Employability Minister Jamie Hepburn asks if Mr Leonard wants employment law to be devolved.

Mr Leonard says power should be taken to the level that it is best exercised at.

People must be allowed to organise together for industrial action to protect their rights

Scottish Green co-convener Patrick Harvie
BBC

Scottish Green co-convener Patrick Harvie says it was difficult not to heckle or intervene for seven minutes so he'll just congratulate Michelle Ballantyne on her maiden speech.

Mr Harvie says there is more the Scottish government can do and if it is supporting the Green amendment today he hopes to see that soon.

Tory MSP Dean Lockhart intervenes to say the business pledge is vague and nonsensical.

Mr Harvie says he has called for it to be given more teeth and reality and he looks forward to Mr Lockhart's support when this happens.

He says the prime minister has "flip flopped" on Brexit and on elections and therefore she is not that strong or stable.

Mr Harvie says people must be allowed to organise together for industrial action to protect their rights.

'The Tories will never work in the interest of workers'

SNP MSP Stewart Stevenson
BBC

SNP MSP Stewart Stevenson congratulates Ms Ballantyne for her maiden speech and says "I look forward to the day when I might be able to agree with one of her speeches in its entirety."

Mr Stevenson says under amendments to the Trade Union Act, 40% of members entitled to vote would have to vote for strike action for it to go ahead.

He says if that was applied to local government elections then there would be no Tory councillors which is tempting.

"The Tories will never work in the interest of workers."

Background: New Conservative MSP sworn in at Holyrood

New Conservative MSP sworn in to the Scottish Parliament

Michelle Ballantyne has been sworn in as a new Scottish Conservative MSP for the South Scotland region.

Ms Ballantyne takes up the list seat vacated by Rachael Hamilton, who quit to fight for the Ettrick, Roxburgh and Selkirk constituency seat.

She was formerly leader of the Tory group on Borders Council.

The Tories have joined with independent councillors to run the council, but Ms Ballantyne chose to move to Holyrood rather than lead the administration.

She has indicated she is likely to resign her council seat "at some point" in the future.

The by-election for the Ettrick, Roxburgh and Selkirk seat will be contested on the same day as the UK general election on 8 June.

The other candidates are Gail Hendry for the SNP, Sally Prentice for Labour and Catriona Bhatia for the Lib Dems.

'It is the partnership between employee and employer which makes business successful'

Tory MSP Michelle Ballantyne
BBC

In her maiden speech, Tory MSP Michelle Ballantyne says last week as she entered the chamber for the first time, her father reminded her of letters they exchanged over the problems in her "beloved NHS".

Ms Ballantyne says her father advised her to go into politics to which she replied "hell will freeze over first".

The Tory MSP says the laws we make and the messages sent out by the chamber should be to protect rights.

She says she previously set up a manufacturing company which created wealth for the economy and knows what it is like to have people rely on you to pay their salary.

"It is the partnership between employee and employer which makes business successful,"

Ms Ballantyne says that everyone in the chamber has the best interests of the country at heart and only disagrees on how to get there.

She says there must be protection for employees and employers.

'Workers have been persecuted over the years'

SNP MSP Christina McKelvie
BBC

SNP MSP Christina McKelvie says "workers have been persecuted over the years", no more so than by the UK Tory government and the Trade Union Act.

Ms McKelvie says she is proud to say that the Scottish government and SNP colleagues in Westminster opposed this Act every step of the way.

The SNP MSP says she does not believe the Scottish Conservative amendment or recognise it.

She says it is too easy to say "young people are our future, young people are our now."

'It is time to end years of pay restraint in the public sector'

Lib Dem MSP Mike Rumbles
BBC

Lib Dem MSP Mike Rumbles says his party will support the government motion saying he hopes it matches talk with action and that its track record on this is "patchy".

Mr Rumbles says if the SNP is serious about fair employment then it should stop giving money to organisations that pay low wages.

The Lib Dem MSP says "it is time to end years of pay restraint in the public sector," and that pay rises should be in line with inflation.

He says the failure of Theresa May's government to guarantee the rights of EU nationals living in the UK is "shameful".

'We will repeal the Trade Union Act'- says Labour MSP

Labour MSP Neil Findlay says the Labour manifesto is built on the same principles as that of the one in 1945.

Mr Findlay says when the Labour manifesto was published he has never been as proud of being in his party.

Labour will ban zero-hours contracts he says.

Labour MSP Neil Findlay
BBC

The Labour MSP says his party will stop agencies exploiting local and migrant labour.

He says: "We will repeal the Trade Union Act."

Tory MSP Jamie Greene intervenes to ask if Mr Findlay can say how much all of this will cost, adding Mr Findlay's leader can't.

Mr Findlay says every measure in the manifesto is costed.

SNP MSP expresses concerns about the closure of job centres in Scotland

SNP MSP Bob Doris
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SNP MSP Bob Doris

SNP MSP Bob Doris asks at what point do taxi drivers cease to be self-employed and gain the protections one would expect in the workplace.

He says if employment law was devolved the Scottish Parliament would be able to tackle issues around this.

The SNP MSP says he is left with the feeling the Tories don't want to tackle these issues at all.

He says: "Shame on them."

The SNP MSP expresses concerns about the closure of job centres in Scotland.

Tory MSP says many businesses say there is a role, in a limited sense, for zero-hour contracts

Conservative MSP Murdo Fraser
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Conservative MSP Murdo Fraser

Conservative MSP Murdo Fraser says trade unions should be seen as partners in progress not as political opponents.

Mr Fraser says his party's UK manifesto puts workers' rights at its heart.

The Tory MSP says it sounds almost as if it was written by the TUC.

He says many businesses say there is a roll, in a limited sense, for zero-hour contracts.

The Tory MSP says he agreess exploitative zero-hours contracts should be addressed.

Green MSP says France and Germany have far stronger employment rights and higher productivity

Mr Wightman says the language supporting a gig economy is used to undermine workers' rights.

The Green MSP says France and Germany have far stronger employment rights and higher productivity.

He calls for government procurement to go only to ethical and environmentally friendly companies.

Fair work also means a better work-life balance says Green MSP

Green MSP Andy Wightman
BBC

Green MSP Andy Wightman says his party recognise that many worker's rights are reserved but he has focused on the powers the Scottish government has.

Labour MSP Neil Findlay intervenes to say that all of the Green pledges on woker's rights are the same as Labour's and asks, "given the Greens have all but given up on the election," what party will the Greens be supporting in areas they are not standing.

Mr Wightman says the Greens do not advocate support for any other political party.

The Green MSP says fair work also means a better work-life balance.

He says the harsh reality of the gig-economy is that worker's are not protected by rights.