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STUC breaks ground on site for new premises in Bridgeton

15th January 2020

Joint Union Scottish Offshore Wind Sector Summit Reaction

16th January 2020

STUC comment on first report of Scottish Infrastructure Commission

20th January 2020

STUC comment on the passage of the Scottish National Investment Bank Bill

21st January 2020

STUC announces appointment of new General Secretary

2nd February 2020

STUC comment on Scottish Budget 2020-21

6th February 2020

STUC Response to Alistair Jack's comments on offshore wind turbines

12th February 2020

STUC condemns death threats directed towards Colombian Trade union leader Diogenes Orjuela.

12th February 2020

The STUC has added its voice to international condemnation of death threats directed towards Colombian Trade union leader Diogenes Orjuela.

STUC Response to the Just Transition Commission Interim Report

27th February 2020

Coronavirus

3rd March 2020

STUC calls for government action in sick pay to reduce the spread of the Coronavirus

STUC responds to Audit Scotland Report on nursery expansion

3rd March 2020

STUC responds to Audit Scotland Report on nursery expansion

STUC Response to the 2020 Scottish Budget

5th March 2020

STUC responds to the 2020 Scottish Budget

Corona Virus: STUC Writes to Chancellor Ahead of Wednesday's Budget.

9th March 2020

Corona Virus: STUC Writes to Chancellor Ahead of Wednesday's Budget

STUC Writes to Chancellor Ahead of Wednesday's Budget

10th March 2020

Ahead of Wednesday’s Budget, the STUC has written to the Chancellor calling for a range of measures to ensure fair treatment of all workers and to ensure that there are fewer disincentives to adhering to safety advice.

STUC Comment on UK Budget

11th March 2020

STUC Comment on UK Budget

Coronavirus Latest

17th March 2020

Coronavirus Latest

Big government, bold steps and the collective power of workers are needed in the face of this crisis.

18th March 2020

STUC states out the trade union movement in Scotland's demands of government and employers during the CoVid 19 pandemic.

Sneaked through Trade Bill offers nothing in this time of crisis, and Governments continue to wash their hands of workers

19th March 2020

STUC's latest statements on the CoVid19 pandemic and what it means for workers

Wage Guarantee announcement

20th March 2020

No excuse for bosses not to retain all staff and stump up the extra 20 per cent our members need

STUC calls for massive step-up in testing for essential workers

22nd March 2020

STUC calls for massive step-up in testing for essential workers

Act immediately to address workers and business confusion over furloughing of workers

23rd March 2020

Act immediately to address workers and business confusion over furloughing of workers

Covid19 in HE and FE

23rd March 2020

Unions voice serious and shared concerns over inconsistent response and lack of a coordinated approach across both the further and higher education

Covid 19 Announcement

23rd March 2020

STUC reaction to Prime Minister's 23rd March announcement

Failing to organise with your colleagues could cost you dearly

24th March 2020

STUC warns employers over contract and health and safety breaches

24th March 2020

Our latest COVID19 update regarding health and safety.

Chancellors announcement for self-employed and freelancers

26th March 2020

A largely welcome intervention which will provide relief for many

STUC and unions to ramp up support for workers

30th March 2020

Fears that current crisis could bring about massive breakdown in workplace relations. Calls for a moratorium on contract changes during the period the scheme is in operation.

Additional guidance on essential and non-essential business activity urgently required to keep workers and communities safe

31st March 2020

Preliminary STUC survey results reveals unparalleled level of fear and insecurity in and out of work during COVID 19 crisis.

3rd April 2020

Survey predicts further massive growth in applications for Universal Credit as uncertainty has yet to feed through to numbers applying.

Scottish Government Guidance on social distancing

4th April 2020

STUC strongly welcomes strengthened Scottish Government Guidance on social distancing and condemns UK Government’s approach.

STUC: Latest meeting with Cabinet Secretary

7th April 2020

Focus on major alarm at contradictory PPE guidance for home and social care workers. STUC demands immediate withdrawal of advice from chief nursing officer and urgent roll out of testing for care workers.

Safety side-lined as workers warn that exposure to virus will cost lives

11th April 2020

Most workers do not feel safe, according to a survey of over 1500 workers in Scotland.

Unionised workers have more safety and security to weather the crisis

12th April 2020

Results from a survey of over 1500 workers in Scotland have revealed the advantages enjoyed by unionised workers over un-unionised workers during the pandemic.

COVID 19: HIGH LEVELS OF FEAR AND MISTRUST IN CALL CENTRES IN SCOTLAND

14th April 2020

Pre-existent health and safety concerns are exacerbating current crisis. STUC calls for immediate access to non-unionised workplaces for union health and safety reps to conduct a full assessment of working conditions in the sector.

Disabled workers outline Coronavirus concerns

23rd April 2020

Disabled workers have appealed to the public to respect social distancing measures and urged supermarkets to do more to support disabled people with food deliveries.

Pay Day Check

24th April 2020

The STUC is urging hundreds of thousands of workers to check their pay today. It is also calling on employers to make all efforts to switch to digital pay-slips to ensure workers receive up to date information on their pay.

Minute Silence to be held for key workers at 11am Tuesday 28th April

28th April 2020

International Workers Memorial Day

Time £2 Pay Key Workers - Undervalued, underpaid but going the extra mile

1st May 2020

Time £2 Pay Key Workers - Undervalued, underpaid but going the extra mile

COVID 19: survey lifts lid on widespread fear among call centre workers in Scotland and across the UK

5th May 2020

COVID 19: survey lifts lid on widespread fear among call centre workers in Scotland and across the UK

STUC publishes red lines for action before relaxing lockdown

9th May 2020

STUC slams Prime Minister’s Broadcast as confusing and dangerous

10th May 2020

STUC slams Prime Minister’s Broadcast as confusing and dangerous

STUC on Job Retention Scheme announcement

12th May 2020

STUC on Job Retention Scheme announcement

STUC extremely disappointed at blanket blocking of opposition amendments to emergency Coronavirus legislation.

20th May 2020

The STUC has reacted with extreme disappointment to developments in Parliament today, as amendment after amendment to the Coronavirus (No.2) Bill was voted down often by an alliance of SNP and Tory votes.

STUC initial response to First Minister’s announcement

21st May 2020

First Minister correct to remain cautious. Route Map faces serious obstacles before implementation is possible

STUC Black Workers Committee - Open Letter

22nd May 2020

The STUC Black Workers Committee urges Scottish Government to take action on a number of issues pertaining to Black and Minority Ethnic workers during the Coronavirus pandemic.

STUC re-asserts its five red lines for relaxing lock-down as Government releases workplace guidance on manufacturing, retail and transport.

26th May 2020

New trade union membership figures show a growing movement

27th May 2020

As new figures show that trade union membership increased for the third year in a row, Scotland’s leading trade unionist has called on workers to join a union.

Effective Test and Protect and proper treatment of workers remains a key red line for STUC support for ease of lockdown.

28th May 2020

STUC on Job Retention Scheme announcement

29th May 2020

STUC responds to Government announcement on wage support scheme

New analysis shows potential for a £13 billion green stimulus package to create 150,000 jobs in Scotland

31st May 2020

George Floyd is America’s Sheku Bayoh – Scotland’s Black Workers Demand End to Racist Police Violence

2nd June 2020

The STUC Black Workers Committees Statement Regarding Racist Police Violence

BLACK LIVES MATTER - We Can’t Breathe - Justice for Sheku Bayoh

6th June 2020

As protests spread across the globe in the wake of the killing of George Floyd, the STUC has called a virtual protest: BLACK LIVES MATTER - We Can’t Breathe. Justice for Sheku Bayoh!

STUC caution on reopening for tourism and hospitality

10th June 2020

STUC Low Carbon Report: Supply Chain Strategy Placing Scottish Renewables in Bondage

12th June 2020

STUC on IPPR Report:

16th June 2020

Urgent action required as young workers facing a barren labour market

Unemployment figures must not trigger panicked rush to reopen workplaces says STUC

16th June 2020

A panicked rush to re-open workplaces could cause a second spike in infection rates followed by a double dip recession the STUC said, in response to today’s unemployment figures.

STUC on Phase 2 easing of lockdown announcement

18th June 2020

STUC Statement on Fascist Violence in George Square

18th June 2020

STUC Black Workers’ Statement on the Merger of the Department for International Development and Foreign and Commonwealth Office

19th June 2020

STUC say much to be welcomed in Advisory Group on Economic Recovery Report but Scottish Government must go further.

22nd June 2020

STUC youth committee on youth unemployment

22nd June 2020

On average, young workers are two and a half times more likely to be working in industries affected by the COVID 19 crisis.

Full time school re-opening: STUC sounds note of caution

23rd June 2020

STUC expresses note of caution on safety and need for further consultation with unions in response to today’s announcement from the Education Secretary regarding new plans for full time school return after the summer break.

STUC calls on Scottish Government to resist panicked response to Johnson’s sprint towards ending lockdown

24th June 2020

STUC backs Scottish Government calls for UK fiscal stimulus concentrated on job creation not tax cuts

29th June 2020

Black Workers Committee Statement on the Tragic Incident at the Park Inn Hotel

29th June 2020

Black Workers Committee Statement on the Tragic Incident at the Park Inn Hotel.

BJ is no FDR says STUC

30th June 2020

New Deal is not the real deal. Capital investment plan is woefully inadequate to tackle economic downturn. Calls for a plan at least twenty times more ambitious than was announced today

Social distancing relaxing must not be used by unscrupulous employers to risk workers health

2nd July 2020

STUC urge all workers to join a union and encourages good employers to engage with workers to ensure workplaces are safe

STUC warns of deep lasting damage on the creative sector without union engagement

5th July 2020

The Scottish Trades Union Congress today (STUC) today warned that without greater union involvement in funding packages and future planning, the creative sector faces deep and lasting damage, with low-income and excluded groups at most risk.

STUC on NHS anniversary celebration

5th July 2020

Health and Care workers must not be left on their own in seeking fair pay

Kick Start risks being a False Start

8th July 2020

The STUC called for urgent talks to ensure that kick start programme creates better and more sustainable jobs

STUC says Scotland is entering its most crucial period in the recovery from COVID lockdown

9th July 2020

STUC says Scotland is entering its most crucial period in the recovery from COVID lockdown

Disabled Workers’ Committee Press Release

10th July 2020

Disabled workers in Scotland sound the alarm over face masks and access to public transport as the “new normal” begins

STUC Black Workers Committee Statement on Waverley Care

10th July 2020

STUC Black Workers Committee Statement on Edinburgh Schools

10th July 2020

TV license fisaco

10th July 2020

CAMPAIGNING PENSIONERS DEMAND WESTMINSTER TAKE BACK RESPONSIBILITY FOR TV LICENCE FIASCO

Hospitality businesses must step up on staff safety ahead of reopening tomorrow

14th July 2020

As Scotland takes its biggest step so far in the easing of lockdown, the STUC warns employers to step up on staff safety.

STUC warns hospitality employers not to pass the burden onto workers when businesses reopen

15th July 2020

Edinburgh pub worker calls on hospitality staff to join a union urgently

STUC welcomes Refreshed Statement of Fair Work Principles

19th July 2020

STUC welcomes Refreshed Statement of Fair Work Principles

Call Centre Covid outbreak underlines need for strong safety guidance and union engagement

20th July 2020

Call Centre Covid outbreak underlines need for strong safety guidance and union engagement

As the Prime Minister Boris Johnson visits Scotland today, the Scottish Trades Union Congress warns of further constitutional unrest if economic issues are not faced

23rd July 2020

Alexander Dennis

27th July 2020

STUC calls for urgent action government action to protect jobs at Alexander Dennis

Green Recovery

30th July 2020

STUC welcomes short-term recommendations in reports of the Just Transition Commission and Infrastructure Commission but calls for more Government ambition in the face of unprecedented crisis and the need for a just green recovery

Listen to school staff, says STUC, as First Minister announces schools return from August 11th

30th July 2020

The STUC has called for the Government and local authorities to heed the advice of teachers and the whole education workforce to ensure that schools are safe environments for pupils and staff.

Scottish Government correct to sound alarm over UK single market white paper.

30th July 2020

UK Government would use single market provisions to undermine Scottish Parliament powers.

Collective action is key to stopping tidal wave of redundancies, says STUC as first phase of furlough scheme comes to an end

31st July 2020

STUC welcomes Scottish Government COVID-19 call centre guidance. Calls on employers to heed stronger Scottish guidance and to engage with unions to ensure a proper risk assessment process

3rd August 2020

Scottish Government’s Economic Recovery Implementation Plan does not match up to the scale of the crisis

5th August 2020

Despite some welcome initiatives and commitment to Fair Work, Scottish Government’s Economic Recovery Implementation Plan does not match up to the scale of the crisis and the need to build back better

STUC Black Workers Committee Raises Concerns with SQA

10th August 2020

The Scottish Trades Union Congress Black Workers Committee has today written to the SQA to raise concerns about the re-grading of pupil’s exam results and the lack of ethnicity data gathering from the SQA.

Increase in Zero-hour contracts could be thin end of the wedge unless employers are held to account says STUC

11th August 2020

The STUC has called on bar, restaurant and accommodation workers to monitor employers and share information with colleagues as figures released today indicate a shortage of work and increase in zero hours contracts that risks putting workers even more at the mercy of bosses.

Grades debacle

11th August 2020

Grades debacle has been a slap in the face for pupils and hard-working teachers and exposed the failure of successive governments to tackle the root causes of an unequal and class ridden economy

STUC urges Scottish Government to adopt Fair Rents Bill

12th August 2020

With precarious work increasing, and low pay remaining endemic, many workers are facing a triple whammy of a fall in relative wages, increases in rent and high fuel bills.

Scottish Parliament debate on the response to the Advisory Group on Economic Recovery (AGER) report

12th August 2020

Following news that the UK has been the worst hit by falls in growth and ahead of the Scottish Parliament debate on the response to the Advisory Group on Economic Recovery (AGER) report, the STUC has called on the Scottish Government to bring forward clear job saving proposals for the immediate term as well as providing a medium and longer term investment strategy to create sustainable jobs.

Culture sector employers must match Government support with commitment to Fair Work practices

18th August 2020

The STUC has called for stringent monitoring to ensure employers in the creative sector use support funds to maximise ongoing employment and guarantees of Fair Work

STUC: HSE figures showing 600 people in Scotland have caught coronavirus at their place of work likely to be the tip of the iceberg

20th August 2020

STUC urges caution and warns that serious second spike in infections is still the greatest threat to jobs

21st August 2020

STUC Black Workers Committee Statement on Racist Abuse Towards Politicians

25th August 2020

Following on from reports of abuse faced by Humza Yousaf MSP, and previous reports of abuse faced by Anas Sarwar MSP and BME local councillors, the STUC’s Black Workers Committee stands in solidarity with all politicians in Scotland from a BME background.

STUC call for an urgent bilateral government summit on renewable construction and green manufacturing jobs crisis

26th August 2020

The STUC has today written to Alok Sharma MP and Paul Wheelhouse MSP, respective UK and Scottish Ministers with the energy portfolio, calling for urgent action and a jobs crisis summit with a seat at the table for its affiliated unions, Unite and GMB.

Too restrictive and set far too low: STUC response to announcement of support for self-isolating low paid workers

27th August 2020

STUC Urges Employers and Workers to Follow Scottish Government Guidelines Regarding Working From Home

28th August 2020

In light of reports that the UK Government is considering a massive push back to work campaign, the STUC is urging employers and workers in Scotland to follow Scottish Government guidelines.

STUC calls for significant public sector intervention to create good jobs and tackle inequality ahead of Programme for Government.

29th August 2020

Ahead of the Programme for Government on Tuesday next week, the STUC are calling for significant public sector intervention to create good jobs, tackle inequality, and ensure a recovery benefits the majority of working people not just those at the top.

STUC welcome National Care Service commitment in Programme for Government, but raise concerns around Fair Work

1st September 2020

As the Government Contribution for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Drops to 70%, STUC Raises Concerns of Mass Unemployment if Furlough Scheme Ends in October.

2nd September 2020

As the Government contribution for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme drops to 70%, and with two months until it is scheduled to come to an end, the STUC is urging the UK Government to extend the furlough scheme to protect jobs in struggling sectors.

STUC Black Workers Committee Comment on the Scottish Government’s Programme for Government

3rd September 2020

STUC: Prime Minister on a crash course to undermine devolution and with it the union

9th September 2020

STUC says First Ministers’ cautionary approach, including a pause on office and call-centre re-opening and continued presumption in favour of homeworking, is difficult, but correct decision.

10th September 2020

Further and deeper lockdowns inevitable across Scotland and the UK. Urgent plans now needed to support workers.

18th September 2020

STUC Comment on First Minister's Announcement of Financial Support for Self Isolating Workers

21st September 2020

STUC supports Government measures, but warn of gaping hole in UK Government financial support

22nd September 2020

Government ‘furlough’ support must extend for at least 6 months and be directly linked to job protection

23rd September 2020

Workers facing an impoverished and isolated Christmas unless Government acts now

STUC on Chancellors Statement

24th September 2020

Trade union intervention has guaranteed that many jobs will be saved, but thousands more will be lost because of Chancellor’s dithering and delay and gaps in support

Leading Scottish politicians welcome the publication of STUC 'People's Recovery' report

29th September 2020

Report contains new calculations highlighting that Scotland’s richest twenty families, many of whom are tax dodgers, are wealthier than 30% of Scotland’s population

STUC welcome new minimum wage rules for seafarers following union campaigning

1st October 2020

The STUC today welcomed the introduction of new legislation which extends National Minimum Wage (NMW) pay rates to cover all seafarers working on merchant ships between ports in Scotland and the rest of the UK.

Challenge Poverty Week

4th October 2020

A quarter of a million people in Scotland have seen their incomes fall below minimum wage levels since the start of the crisis says STUC

STUC on Prime Minister speech: 25 minutes of waffle to Tory party faithful and a drop in the ocean of green investment needed

6th October 2020

STUC comment on the Prime Ministers Conservative Party Conference speech.

STUC Statement on the announcement of new restrictions

7th October 2020

STUC Response to the Chancellor's Job Support Scheme Announcement

9th October 2020

Main unemployment impact is yet to come unless UK Government acts to plug gaping hikes in support schemes

13th October 2020

As UK unemployment figures are released, the STUC calls for more government support to prevent further job losses.

STUC joins trade union federations in joint statement calling for withdrawal of Internal Market Bill

14th October 2020

STUC on new workplace face coverings regulations

15th October 2020

Scottish Government commitment to Green Jobs in tatters as they pull support from BiFab

21st October 2020

Scottish Government commitment to Green Jobs in tatters as they pull support from BiFab

Job Support Scheme: Concerted pressure forces concessions from Chancellor, but low paid workers facing massive hardship

22nd October 2020

Scottish Pensioners’ Forum Releases Report Calling for the Creation of a National Care Service

23rd October 2020

Lack of ambition for fair work overshadows positives in Tourism Taskforce report, says STUC

26th October 2020

Lack of ambition for fair work overshadows positives in Tourism Taskforce report, says STUC

STUC responds to the government's decision to reinstate VAT on personal protective equipment

27th October 2020

Unions press First Minister and industry not to give up on BiFab

27th October 2020

STUC on COVID-19 Strategic Framework

27th October 2020

STUC supports broad thrust of Framework but warns that more consideration is required for schools and non-essential workplaces under Tier 4 restrictions

The STUC has re-raised concerns with Scottish Government Ministers over a lack of safety restrictions at Level 4 covering schools and non-essential workplaces

30th October 2020

STUC urges MPs to support Brexit Bill amendment for child refugees

3rd November 2020

STUC on Chancellor's statement on Furlough

5th November 2020

STUC General Council calls for clarity, transparency and full consultation with workers as Scottish Government contemplates additional potential public health measures

6th November 2020

STUC on October unemployment figures

10th November 2020

Furlough U-turn came too late to save thousands from redundancy

Black Workers Committee Statement on the US Election

10th November 2020

STUC analysis: Pandemic reveals severe impacts for culture and hospitality workers

16th November 2020

Ahead of its annual Congress on Tuesday, the STUC will on Monday releases report revealing the extent of the damage being done to workers across the hospitality and culture sectors.

STUC survey uncovers disproportionate equalities impact of COVID-19 and an alarming lack of trust in employers to safeguard mental health

17th November 2020

STUC Congress responds to FM statement introducing Level 4 lockdown in 11 areas

17th November 2020

STUC will approach Scottish Elections and referendum debate without fear or favour

17th November 2020

STUC Elects New President, Mary Senior

18th November 2020

Trade Unions demand end to violence against women, in work and in society.

24th November 2020

On the eve of International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (25th November), the trade union federations of Great Britain and the island of Ireland (TUC, STUC, WTUC and ICTU) which together represent over 6 million workers, call for urgent interventions to sup- port victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence in work and in society.

The STUC has published three Spending Review tests to avert post-Covid depression as Chancellor fends off accusations of a return to failed austerity economics

24th November 2020

STUC fury at Scottish Government BiFab announcement

24th November 2020

Spending Review represents kick in the teeth for key workers

25th November 2020

STUC comments on Rishi Sunak's Spending Review

STUC’s public sector pay reaction following meeting between unions and Finance Cabinet Secretary Kate Forbes

1st December 2020

STUC: Workers betrayed by government and corporate failure as BiFab enters receivership

3rd December 2020

Today’s announcement is the latest stage in a sorry saga of government and corporate failure with the victims being workers and their families from Fife to the Islands.

Re-introduction of controversial internal market clauses again shows U.K. government’s disregard for devolution

7th December 2020

Re-introduction of controversial internal market clauses again shows U.K. government’s disregard for devolution

Let’s not drop our guard following a day of welcome news, says STUC.

8th December 2020

Bosses must maintain the highest health and safety standards and find ways other than Christmas parties to thank workers.

Christmas shopping in Level 3 must not turn into a nightmare for retail staff warns STUC

10th December 2020

STUC Responds to Fair Work Convention Report

15th December 2020

As the Fair Work Convention releases their “Fair Work in Scotland” report, the STUC is calling on employers and government to take action to ensure that all workers in Scotland have “Fair Work”.

Climate Change Plan - More rhetoric than action on just transition say unions and environmentalists

16th December 2020

Shut down non-essential workplaces due to new strain, urges STUC

21st December 2020

As Scotland prepares to move into Level 4 from Boxing Day, the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) is urging for the closure of non-essential workplaces, such as construction and manufacturing.

Let’s spare a thought for the hundreds of thousands working over the festive period and show them real support in 2021 says STUC

24th December 2020

Tens of thousands of key workers will be working on Christmas Day to keep health, care and other vital services running. Still tens of thousands more will be working on Boxing Day as a range of retail outlets, deemed essential, re-open. The Scottish Government has also not yet heeded STUC’s calls for non-essential workplaces, such as manufacturing and construction, to close.

STUC sees big battles ahead to protect employment rights post Brexit trade deal

24th December 2020

Avoiding the precipice of a No Deal Brexit does not disguise the threats to workers’ rights

STUC General Secretary praises ‘unsung health and safety heroes’ following the most challenging of years for workplace for health & safety

27th December 2020

The Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) has been reflecting on what has been the “most challenging year ever” for workplace health and safety reps.

STUC raises alarm over “low levels of trust” between workers and employers, as mental health toll of winter deepens.

29th December 2020

The STUC surveyed over a thousand workers and found that the crisis has exacerbated a pre-existing lack of trust in employers when it comes to disclosing mental health conditions.

STUC General Secretary predicts that trade union membership and activity will continue to grow in 2021

31st December 2020

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