SCOTTISH TRADES UNION CONGRESS

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Wages still falling despite record low unemployment rates

16th August 2017

Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary Grahame Smith says: “With unemployment at record lows, you would expect wages to rise as workers grain greater bargaining power in the labour market. This clearly is not the case as real average weekly earnings have fallen across the UK by 0.5% in the 3 months to June 2017. Serious questions about the health of our labour market continue, which underlines the economic illiteracy of Government policies that hold down pay in the current economic context.

STUC welcomes landmark Employment tribunal fees decision; congratulates Unison on key victory

26th July 2017

Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary Grahame Smith said: “This landmark victory will ensure that access to employment justice is returned to thousands of workers and that those who were forced to pay for cases will now be reimbursed. It is a disgrace that many, many other workers have been denied justice over the past four years because fees dissuaded them from taking cases.

Falls in unemployment welcome but quality of work still a concern

12th July 2017

Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary Grahame Smith says: “The continued falls in unemployment are welcome but this single measure should not be used to obscure a wider debate on how our labour market is functioning.

STUC: Taylor Review is too weak to guarantee fair work

11th July 2017

Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary Grahame Smith said: “Whilst the Taylor Review has recognised and made recommendations to address some of the problems faced by precarious workers and those in the gig economy, it has not gone far enough to offer real hope.

STUC on Scottish GDP figures

5th July 2017

Commenting on the Scottish GDP figures Grahame Smith, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC), General Secretary said: “While it is welcome that Scotland has not entered recession, there are still tough times ahead with no end in sight for workers who have been struggling for the last ten years. Austerity is simply not working and with inflation now rising living standards are once again beginning to fall.

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