STUC Congress to condemn attacks on employment rights and trade unions.

April 16th 2013

Positive Scottish Government attitude welcomed

Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary Grahame Smith said:

“In almost every area of employment law the UK Government is weakening protection – an approach that will foster insecurity, make workplaces more dangerous and undermine the ability of unions to negotiate away low pay.

“Trade union reps represent one of the largest groupings of voluntary workers in the country undertaking millions of additional hours a year and contributing significantly to the success of the economy through ensuring fair treatment for employees.

“Despite this the Coalition seems intent on attacking trade union facility time for its own employees and encouraging a cavalier attitude to workplace democracy in the wider economy.”

Smith contrasted this approach with that adopted by the Scottish Government which continues to support the activities of union reps within its own workplaces.

“We are pleased to be able to maintain a far more positive dialogue with Scottish Government ministers who maintain a far more nuanced and progressive approach to working with unions.”

ENDS

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