STUC comment on the death of Professor Ailsa McKay

March 6th 2014

Speaking after the death of Professor Ailsa McKay had been announced by Glasgow Caledonian University where she worked, Grahame Smith, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary said,

“With the tragically early passing of Professor Ailsa McKay the STUC has lost a great friend, colleague and counsel. Ailsa always had time to help and support any project which sought to improve the lives of working people and she made a particularly special contribution to the work of our Women’s Committee and Close the Gap project.

“The thoughts of all at the STUC are with Ailsa’s partner Jim, her children Annie and Rory and her many, many friends and colleagues at Glasgow Caledonian and across Scottish public life”.

Ann Henderson, Secretary to the STUC Women’s Committee which benefitted from a long and close working relationship with Ailsa, said:

“Her untimely death is all the more poignant as we approach International Women’s Day this Saturday and we celebrate and reflect on the positive contributions made by so many women. Ailsa regularly reminded us all of the real value of women’s work, both paid and unpaid. International Women’s Day gives us the chance to celebrate Ailsa’s passion for change, and her commitment to those around her, both in her family life and her professional work. . Only last weekend she had spent time at an STUC Women’s School generously sharing her experience and expertise in order that other women would be empowered to pursue equality in their workplaces and communities.

“Ailsa was an economist who understood that the study of the allocation of scarce resources matters only if it contributes to improving the lives of ordinary people. Her distinct contribution to the economics discipline and the development of public policy in Scotland was simply huge. Ailsa enriched and enlightened the lives of so many people and left a tangible legacy; not least through her many devoted students and in her contribution to developing current Scottish Government policy on childcare and women’s employment. We will miss her terribly”



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