STUC News releases

With wages behind inflation, workers need a pay rise

13th September 2017

Commenting on the unemployment and wage statistics released today by the ONS, Grahame Smith, General Secretary of the Scottish Trades Union Congress, said:

STUC welcomes aspects of programme for government

5th September 2017

*Calls for above cost of living pay awards for hard pressed public service workers* Responding to the Programme for Government, STUC General Secretary Grahame Smith said: “The First Minister has laid out some imaginative and progressive ideas for the next period. We welcome the announcement of additional funding for the NHS.”

STUC predicts that unions will demand above inflation pay awards for all public service workers

4th September 2017

The average public service wage has fallen by over £3000 in real terms since the Great Crash. Workers will seek to recover their standard of living over the coming period

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.

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