STUC General Secretary Grahame Smith STUC General Secretary Grahame Smith

The STUC is Scotland's Trade Union centre.

Our purpose is to co-ordinate, develop and articulate the views and policies of the trade union movement in Scotland and, through the creation of real social partnership, to promote: trade unionism; equality and social justice; the creation and maintenance of high quality jobs; and the public sector delivery of services.

The STUC represents over 540,000 trade unionists, the members of 37 affiliated trade unions and 20 Trades Union Councils. We speak for trade union members in and out of work, in the community and in the workplace, in all occupational sectors and across Scotland. Our representative structures ensure that we can speak with authority for the interests of women workers, black workers, young workers, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender workers and other groups of trade unionists that otherwise suffer discrimination in the workplace and in society.

Scottish Trades Union Congress

Our policy framework is set by Annual Congress, which is attended by delegates from affiliated trade unions and trades union councils, each April. Congress elects a General Council to oversee policy development and implementation throughout the year, with the support of an appointed Secretariat.

The trade union movement played a leading and active role in the campaign to establish the Scottish Parliament and, through the 50=50 campaign, to improve women's representation in the Parliament.

Since 1999, much of our campaigning work has focused on influencing the policies of the Scottish Parliament and the Scottish Government, in support of our key priorities. In 2002, the STUC signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the then Scottish Executive and in November 2007 a new MoU was signed with the incoming SNP Government. This was updated in 2011. The MoU outlines a formal mechanism for on-going dialogue on shared priorities for economic development, public sector improvement and social partnership.

The STUC also seeks to influence local government in Scotland, the government at Westminster and the European Union. Where appropriate we work with other trade union centres across the UK and beyond. International solidarity activities are an important feature of our work.

We also support unions in services they provide to their members. Scottish Union Learning works with unions, employers, government and a range of other bodies to help unions give workers access to training and development opportunities. We provide assistance to unions on health and safety issues and on campaigning for equal pay between men and women.

The STUC has its main office in Woodlands Road, Glasgow and an additional office in Edinburgh.

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