The Scottish Greens must aim to return a record number of MSPs at next year's Holyrood elections, the party's co-leaders will say today.
Patrick Harvie and Lorna Slater will tell members that environmental issues must be at the forefront of voters' mind and will defend their party's record at the Scottish Parliament over the last four years.
The Scottish Greens' virtual conference began yesterday with a speech from Harvie calling for all Scottish Government contracts to be subject to trade union negotiation.
He also said ministers should encourage a shift to a four-day working week and collective wage bargaining.
Speaking via an online livestream, Harvie told the conference: “There is no doubt that we could do more in Scotland with our £11 billion of public procurement every year.
“We need to be innovative and to push the boundaries so that we can go beyond encouragement, and require trade union recognition, no use of tax havens or precarious employment practices, and fair pay.”
Slater will today tell the online gathering the party could build on momentum shown in opinion polls which have the Greens on track to win more seats than ever before.
The party's co-leader will say: “Many SNP supporters are starting to realise that it is the Scottish Greens who have been making Scotland fairer and greener for the last four years.
“Can we grow our numbers in eight months, all over Scotland? Sure we can. The opinion polls have shown we can do this. Maybe we can catch Scottish Labour. The momentum is behind us and we can do the work needed to do to make that dream a reality.”
She will say: “The Greens have the ideas for our future. We have the plans to rebuild the public sector. We want to secure new jobs, tackle inequality and protect our planet. You don’t find hope in targets. You find hope in action.”
The Greens won six MSPs at the 2016 election but currently trail Scottish Labour in fourth place in recent polling.