STUC: Queen’s speech devoid of measures to protect workers or increase the pay of hard pressed public service workers. Brexit squabbles will continue

21st June 2017

Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary Grahame Smith said: “The key message of the General Election was that whilst the Tories wanted to find a way to bury their Brexit squabbles, people across the UK wanted an alternative to austerity, protection for workers and more pay for dedicated public servants.

Scottish Trades Union Congress calls for the repeal of the Trade Union Act and improvements in workers’ rights to be a priority in Jeremy Corbyn’s Alternative Queen’s Speech.

20th June 2017

The Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) has called on Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn to make the repeal of the Trade Union Act and improvements in workers’ rights a priority in the Labour Party’s Alternative Queen’s Speech.

STUC on Labour Market Statistics

14th June 2017

Commenting on the unemployment figures for Scotland Grahame Smith, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary said:

Dodgy deal lacks credibility and stability

9th June 2017

Speaking after the announcement that Theresa May had struck a deal with the DUP to maintain power, STUC General Secretary Grahame Smith said “Theresa May spent much of the election campaign attacking the so-called coalition of chaos. But it is her promise to deliver stability which is now in tatters.

STUC on General Election Result

9th June 2017

In response to the General Election result, Grahame Smith, General Secretary of the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) said: “Theresa May’s strategy in calling a snap election has spectacularly backfired. In just a few weeks, her arrogance and weak leadership has lost the Tory Party its Parliamentary majority, its austerity agenda has been soundly rejected, as has its systematic dismantling of our public services and its attacks on unions and on workers’ rights. Its hard Brexit strategy is in tatters. Her credibility is shot and she should go now

Ongoing Industrial Action at the EHRC

19th May 2017

The Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) is concerned that eight staff at the Equality and Human Rights Commission were dismissed by email while taking industrial action around a restructure. Following campaigning by recognised unions in the EHRC, these staff were reinstated but are still prevented from attending work and are still facing redundancy at the end of their notice period. This action has been taken despite the existence of over 30 vacancies at the EHRC, and despite the EHRC having access to the wider Civil Service Vacancy Scheme.

Communities across Scotland mark International Workers’ Memorial Day

28th April 2017

Throughout Scotland communities will gather on Friday 28th April to remember those killed or who have suffered injury at work. International Workers’ Memorial Day provides an opportunity for trade unions to reinforce their commitment to campaigning for safer and healthier workplaces where workers are protected from harm and treated with fairness, dignity and respect.

STUC elects its first Black President

26th April 2017

At the 120th Congress in Aviemore the STUC elected Satnam Ner from Prospect trade union as President. Satnam Ner, a Radiochemistry Manager at Babcock International Group and a long serving member of the STUC Black Workers’ Committee and the General Council, will be the first Black President of the STUC.

STUC General Council Statement on the General Election

26th April 2017

The Prime Minister has called this election, ostensibly to seek a mandate for her misguided hard Brexit strategy. Having previously ruled out the possibility of an election, and despite a commitment, entrenched in law, that the Parliament would run its full term until 2020, she has instigated a cynical and tactical U-turn. Her objective is transparently obvious - to take advantage of the current political climate to seek an increase in the Conservative’s Parliamentary majority and to free her Government from scrutiny over the difficult questions that will inevitably arise during the negotiations with the EU. The stage has been set for a single issue election, the narrow focus of which the Prime Minister believes will deliver her a comfortable victory.

Trade unions place women’s voices centre stage

25th April 2017

Addressing STUC Congress this afternoon, Annette Drylie, Chair of the STUC Women’s Committee and the GMB Scotland Equalities Forum, will outline the impact of austerity in local government and on women in particular.

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