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Report of the STUC Delegation to Palestine and Israel 28 February – 7 March 2009

3rd April 2009

At STUC Congress 2007 a resolution was carried which called on the General Council to explore the merits of the calls for boycott, disinvestment and sanctions (BDS) against the state of Israel until it complies with international law and agreed human rights principles. In September 2007 the General Council agreed a process for considering the BDS calls. A crucial part of this process was to visit the region and discuss BDS directly with trade unions from Israel and Palestine. A delegation of eleven trade unionists from the STUC visited Israel and Palestine in Spring 2009.

STUC calls for a Budget for Jobs

3rd April 2009

On publication of ‘A Budget for Jobs’, the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) 2009 Budget Submission, Grahame Smith, STUC General Secretary said: “The STUC believes that the G20 agreement represents real progress in many areas. However, we were deeply disappointed that it was insufficient in the crucial area of sustaining global demand. That is why the STUC is arguing for Budget 2009 to bring forward a substantial fiscal stimulus and for UK ministers to continue pressing international partners for further action.

STUC on G20 Agreement

2nd April 2009

Responding to the G20 agreement announced this afternoon, Grahame Smith, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary said: “The deal contains some very welcome measures but is, as a whole, insufficient to meet the challenges facing the global economy.

STUC challenges Scottish Chambers of Commerce: put up or shut up on red-tape!

26th March 2009

Speaking as the Scottish Chambers of Commerce publishes its annual ‘Burdens Barometer’, Stephen Boyd, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) Assistant Secretary said: “Given that the current economic crisis is the result of weak and ineffective regulation in the financial sector, it is a somewhat strange time for the Chambers to proceed with publishing its ‘Burdens Barometer’.

STUC on G20 Summit and 'Put People First' March

26th March 2009

Speaking ahead of the G20 summit and the massive 'Put People First' event on Saturday (28 March), Grahame Smith, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary said:

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