Plaid Call for Team Carmarthenshire Approach in face of Recession to save Jobs

Plaid Cymru have called on the ruling Labour – Independent Administration to immediately set up a Social Partnership for Carmarthenshire to steer the County through the recession and to prepare the County for the effects of public sector cuts being proposed by both New Labour and the Tories after the General Election. Plaid warned that traditional manufacturing and public sector reliant economies such as Carmarthenshire were severely exposed to the likely direction of UK Government policy after the General Election.

Plaid claim Carmarthenshire County Council has a duty to save as many jobs as possible, and that the creation of a social partnership for the county would help create a team Carmarthenshire approach to economic development.

Calling their venture ‘Partneriaeth Cymdeithasol Shir Gâr’, Plaid pointed to the success of the model in Scandinavian countries and in the Republic of Ireland in the late 80s. The party called for Carmarthenshire County Council to call an immediate Summit of all major public sector bodies, private sector representatives and major employers, trade unions – including the farming unions, the third sector, and local elected representatives.

Partneriaeth Shir Gâr would be tasked with:

  • Maximise effectiveness of local procurement
  • Identify bottlenecks to private sector development
  • Drive business start ups and entrepreneurship
  • Discuss business rates levels
  • Identify gaps for 3rd sector to fill in terms of public service delivery
  • Clear links between private and public sectors with 3rd sector to deal with human cost of
  • Tackle youth unemployment
  • Maximise structural fund and European Investment Bank investment
  • Advise Welsh and UK elected representatives on key local economic concerns to raise within respective Parliaments recession
  • Partneriaeth Cymdeithasol Sir Gâr will obviously not be able to set interest rates, or inflation targets as other national social partnerships. The aim will be to concentrate on the local economy

Plaid Westminster Candidate for Carmarthen East and Dinefwr, Jonathan Edwards said:

“Both New Labour and the Tories for political reasoning rather than sound economic thinking have signed up to a programme of savage public sector cuts following the General Election. The Westminster consensus of the London parties is going to have a severely damaging effect on the economies of traditional manufacturing areas and public sector reliant economies such as Carmarthenshires. The County Council leadership must act now to preserve as many jobs as possible.”

“The priority of the London parties has always been to protect the interests and the wealth of the economic elite – the casino bankers and speculators that have caused so much damage to our economy. If we are to negate the damaging effect of future UK Government policy then we have to make our own solutions.”

“The reality is that with the public sector facing tough cut backs, the private and 3rd sector is going to have to have to fill the employment void. We have to make sure that we are doing everything possible to allow those sectors of the economy to develop. A social partnership would help create the right environment for this to happen.”

“The Local Authority has a duty now to protect Carmarthenshire as best as it can. It should immediately call a summit consisting of all sectors of the economy to start building a collective approach to the crisis we face. There is a danger with an end to official recession at UK level for policy makers to fall into the trap that everything is ok – the reality couldn’t be more different. The battle to save Carmarthenshire jobs is only just beginning.”

“Plaid Cymru, since the 1930s and the work of the great Llandybie born economist DJ Davies, have long promoted a mutual approach to economic development. We are anxious to work with all stakeholders in the County to negate as much as possible the future effects of UK Government policy, and start building a more just and prosperous future.”

Sorry, comments are closed on this item.