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STUC on Scottish Budget negotiations

30th January 2009

Commenting on ongoing negotiations to secure agreement on the Scottish Budget, Grahame Smith, General Secretary, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) said:

STUC on Guardian Tax Avoidance Expose

2nd February 2009

Commenting on the Guardian’s investigation into secret corporate tax avoidance schemes, estimated to be costing the UK around £10bn a year Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary, Grahame Smith said:

STUC on Energy Workers’ Strike Action

2nd February 2009

Commenting on the wave of unofficial strikes in response to the situation at Lindsey Oil Refinery in North Lincolnshire Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary, Grahame Smith, said:

STUC on Scottish Budget deal

4th February 2009

Commenting on news that Labour and the Lib Dems had reached agreement with the Scottish Government on the Scottish Budget, Grahame Smith, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary said:

STUC and Scottish Parliament Economy, Enterprise and Tourism Committee Joint Seminar: Economic and Social Models in Ireland, Norway and Sweden – a trade union perspective

5th February 2009

On Tuesday 10 February the STUC and the Parliament’s Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee will hold a joint seminar, Economic and Social Models in Ireland, Norway and Sweden – a trade union perspective, in the Scottish Parliament.

STUC on Interest Rates decision

5th February 2009

Commenting on the MPC’s decision to cut interest rates by half a point to 1%, Grahame Smith, STUC General Secretary, said:

STUC Statement on Bashir Ahmad

9th February 2009

Speaking today STUC General Secretary Grahame Smith said “The STUC was saddened to learn of the untimely death of Bashir Ahmad MSP, and we send our deepest condolences to Mr Ahmad’s family. The election of Mr Ahmad to the Scottish Parliament in 2007, as the first Black MSP, marked an important milestone, and he will be a significant loss to our Parliament”.

STUC housing lobby: the start of a campaign for a massive house building programme in the council and housing authority sector

11th February 2009

Housing workers and tenants groups will today (Thursday 12 February) lobby the Scottish Parliament calling for a significant increase in house building in Scotland.

STUC on labour market statistics

11th February 2009

Commenting on today’s labour market statistics which show a rise in unemployment of 11,000 in the three months to December 2008, Grahame Smith, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary said:

STUC launches policy paper series with call for step change in occupational health provision

11th February 2009

The Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) today (Wednesday, 11 February) published the first in a series of policy papers aimed at meeting the challenges of the current recession in the short, medium and long term.

Swinney right to drop local income tax plan

11th February 2009

Commenting after the SNP Government dropped its local income tax policy, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary, Grahame Smith said:

STUC Supports CWU Rally, Keep the Post Public

24th February 2009

Speaking in advance of the rally and lobby of Parliament organised by the Communication Workers’ Union, Grahame Smith, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary said:

Scottish trade union delegation to Palestine and Israel investigates merits of Israeli boycott

25th February 2009

A delegation of senior trade unionists from the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC), will this week depart for Palestine and Israel. The delegation will meet with trade unionists in Israel and the Occupied Territories of Palestine, to investigate the merits of supporting a boycott, disinvestment and sanctions against the state of Israel until it complies with international law and agreed human rights principles.

STUC on RBS Losses

26th February 2009

Commenting on the news that RBS has posted the largest annual loss in UK history, Grahame Smith, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary said:

STUC Calls for new approach from Holyrood and Westminster to Training

26th February 2009

Today (Thursday 26th February), in a keynote address to delegates, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary Grahame Smith the STUC called for a new approach to training to meet the challenges Scotland faces in the recession

STUC Condemns Latest Blacklisting Scandal

6th March 2009

The Scottish Trade Union Congress (STUC) has joined UCATT and UNITE in condemning the use of blacklisting in the construction industry following revelations that major companies unlawfully access personal information on prospective employees through a consultant as part of the selection process.

STUC on Prime Minister’s speech to the Scottish Labour Party Conference

6th March 2009

Commenting in the interval between the Prime Minister’s address to Scottish Labour Party Conference and his meeting with an Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) delegation, Dave Moxham, STUC Deputy General Secretary said:

Glasgow City Council pledge on low pay a ‘step in the right direction’

8th March 2009

The Scottish Living Wage Campaign (SLWC) today welcomed the announcement by Glasgow City Council leader Stephen Purcell that no employee would be paid less than £7 per hour.

Message of support from STUC to the Irish Congress of Trade Unions

11th March 2009

From the General Secretary, Grahame Smith, on behalf of the General Council of the Scottish Trades Union Congress

STUC urges cross party support for victims of Pleural Plaques

11th March 2009

The Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) has welcomed Government plans to compensate pleural plaques victims ahead of the Stage 3 debate of the Damages (Asbestos-related Conditions) (Scotland) Bill.

STUC WELCOMES PLEURAL PLAQUES DECISION

11th March 2009

The Scottish Trades Union Congress has welcomed the decision by the Scottish Parliament to pass legislation that will ensure pleural plaques victims will, in future, be compensated for damage done following negligent exposure to asbestos. Grahame Smith, STUC General Secretary said

STUC on NCR job losses

12th March 2009

Commenting on the announcement that manufacturing is to cease at NCR’s Dundee plant with the loss of 252 jobs, Grahame Smith, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary said:

Petition 1231 demonstrates united approach for fairer voluntary sector funding

16th March 2009

Representatives of Scotland's voluntary sector organisations and unions will come together today (Tuesday 17th March) to continue their campaign for a new approach to voluntary sector funding, to increase stability, maintain quality of service provision and improve employment conditions for frontline staff in the sector.

Dole claimants outnumber vacancies by twenty to one in employment blackspots across Scotland

17th March 2009

Using the latest unemployment statistics for January 2009, the TUC has worked out the number of jobseeker allowance (JSA) claimants per jobcentre vacancy in every local authority in the UK.

STUC on labour market statistics

18th March 2009

Commenting on today’s labour market statistics, Grahame Smith, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary said:

STUC on G20 Summit and 'Put People First' March

26th March 2009

Speaking ahead of the G20 summit and the massive 'Put People First' event on Saturday (28 March), Grahame Smith, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary said:

STUC challenges Scottish Chambers of Commerce: put up or shut up on red-tape!

26th March 2009

Speaking as the Scottish Chambers of Commerce publishes its annual ‘Burdens Barometer’, Stephen Boyd, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) Assistant Secretary said: “Given that the current economic crisis is the result of weak and ineffective regulation in the financial sector, it is a somewhat strange time for the Chambers to proceed with publishing its ‘Burdens Barometer’.

STUC on G20 Agreement

2nd April 2009

Responding to the G20 agreement announced this afternoon, Grahame Smith, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary said: “The deal contains some very welcome measures but is, as a whole, insufficient to meet the challenges facing the global economy.

STUC calls for a Budget for Jobs

3rd April 2009

On publication of ‘A Budget for Jobs’, the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) 2009 Budget Submission, Grahame Smith, STUC General Secretary said: “The STUC believes that the G20 agreement represents real progress in many areas. However, we were deeply disappointed that it was insufficient in the crucial area of sustaining global demand. That is why the STUC is arguing for Budget 2009 to bring forward a substantial fiscal stimulus and for UK ministers to continue pressing international partners for further action.

Report of the STUC Delegation to Palestine and Israel 28 February – 7 March 2009

3rd April 2009

At STUC Congress 2007 a resolution was carried which called on the General Council to explore the merits of the calls for boycott, disinvestment and sanctions (BDS) against the state of Israel until it complies with international law and agreed human rights principles. In September 2007 the General Council agreed a process for considering the BDS calls. A crucial part of this process was to visit the region and discuss BDS directly with trade unions from Israel and Palestine. A delegation of eleven trade unionists from the STUC visited Israel and Palestine in Spring 2009.

STUC Alarm at closure of universities and colleges equality support unit

8th April 2009

Scottish trade unions today expressed their deep concerns at the decision of the Scottish Funding Council to end the funding of a unit which provides equalities support to Scotland’s colleges and universities.

Unions into Schools – Perth school pupils join the debate at STUC Congress 2009

16th April 2009

On Tuesday April 21st pupils from four schools in Perth (Perth High, Perth Academy, St. Columba’s, Kinross High), along with the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) Youth Committee, will be participating in the STUC Congress in a special schools debate session titled "Schools out for Congress".

STUC to launch ‘Agenda for Rebuilding Collective Prosperity’ at Congress 2009

19th April 2009

Tomorrow (Monday 20th April), Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary Grahame Smith will launch the STUC’s Agenda for Rebuilding Collective Prosperity. STUC will be writing to a range of Scotland’s civic leaders, community and campaigning organisations asking them to support the initiative, comment on the policy papers which support the statement and engage in wider policy discussion over coming months.

Strathclyde Fire fighter Wins STUC One Workplace Equality Award 2009

19th April 2009

Rt. Hon. Harriet Harman MP, Minister for Women and Equality, will present this year’s One Workplace Equality Award 2009 to recognise the role of Scottish trade union members in promoting equality in the workplace (10:55 hrs Monday 20th April) at the STUC Annual Congress in Perth.

STUC on Harriet Harman Speech to Congress

20th April 2009

Commenting on Harriet Harman’s speech to STUC Congress 2009, Grahame Smith, STUC General Secretary said: “The STUC hoped that during this Congress political speakers would address both the changing economic times and the need to assist those hardest hit by recession.

CWU receive 2009 STUC Health and Safety Award

21st April 2009

The Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) has announced that Graeme Russell, Regional Safety Secretary for the Communication Workers Union (CWU), is this years recipient of the STUC Health and Safety Award for his work in promoting and developing positive partnership working in protecting the health, safety and welfare of CWU members in the Edinburgh and Borders Branch.

STUC welcomes First Minister’s Announcement on a Scottish Investment Bank

21st April 2009

Commenting on the First Minister’s speech to STUC Congress 2009, Grahame Smith, STUC General Secretary said: “The STUC welcomes the First Minister’s announcement today of the first steps towards the establishment of a Scottish Investment Bank; a long-standing policy objective for the STUC. We now look forward to discussing the detailed implementation plans with colleagues in the Government and enterprise agencies.

STUC Debates Boycott of Israel

22nd April 2009

STUC Congress will today debate whether to support boycott, disinvestments and sanctions against Israel until it complies with international laws and agreed principles of human rights.

STUC Recognises Learning Rep Dedication to Everyday Skills for Migrant Workers

22nd April 2009

James Lillis is no ordinary bus driver. He is also an award-winning Union Learning Representative for Unite. In this role, James makes learning opportunities accessible to all employees at First Glasgow. There are a large number of Eastern European migrant workers within the bus depot, so James learned to speak Polish. This has enabled him to help the migrant workers, and these workers return the favour by studying “Glaswegian”.

STUC on Budget

22nd April 2009

Commenting on the Budget, Grahame Smith, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary said: “Today it was confirmed that Scotland has entered recession at a faster pace than the UK. The human cost of recession was revealed in another substantial rise in unemployment.

Scottish Trade Unions Call for Boycott of Israel

24th April 2009

The Scottish Trades Union Congress this week backed boycotts and disinvestment, and called for sanctions against the state of Israel because of the state’s failure to comply with international laws and agreed principles of human rights.

STUC WANTS ACTION ON WORKPLACE ACCIDENTS AND ILL-HEALTH

27th April 2009

To mark International Workers Memorial Day the STUC is calling for increased enforcement of health and safety legislation and a concerted effort by employers to work with trade unions in demanding the Scottish Government introduce a long term strategy leading to comprehensive and sustainable occupational health provision.

STUC WELCOMES WORKERS MEMORIAL DAY CONSULTATION

28th April 2009

The Scottish Trade Union Congress has welcomed the announcement that the UK Government plans to consult on formal recognition of International Workers Memorial Day.

Scottish Unions mobilise against the BNP

13th May 2009

On Friday (15 May) trade unionists throughout Scotland will mobilise to get out the vote for the Euro Elections and keep out the fascist BNP. The anti-racist organisation Searchlight, has designated Friday 15 May as “Union Friday” in its Hope not Hate campaign, and is working with trade unions across the UK.

Scottish Unions mobilising against the BNP

15th May 2009

Workers from throughout Scotland are today (Friday 15 May) mobilising against the BNP and encouraging people to use their vote in next month’s Euro Elections. The anti-racist organisation Searchlight, has designated Friday 15 May as “Union Friday” in its Hope not Hate campaign, and is working with trade unions across the UK.

STUC on Scottish Parliament Child Poverty Report

21st May 2009

The Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) has welcomed the publication today (Thursday 21 May) of the Scottish Parliament Local Government and Communities Committee Report on Child Poverty in Scotland.

STUC Outrage at BNP Election Broadcast.

22nd May 2009

The Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) has today expressed its outrage that the British National Party (BNP) is being given air time to promote its divisive policies of racism and hatred.

STUC and Scottish Government issue joint communiqué on Climate Change

28th May 2009

At their bi-annual meeting (27 May) the Scottish Government and the STUC agreed a Joint Communiqué on Climate Change.

Scots urged to reject racism at the ballot box

29th May 2009

Scottish voters are today (Friday 29 May) being urged to reject racist politics in next week’s Euro Elections.

Scots reject racism at the ballot box

29th May 2009

Candidates and anti racist campaigners today received a warm reception on the streets of Glasgow as they urged Scottish voters to reject racist politics in next week’s Euro Elections.

FSB in Scotland and STUC make Joint Call to Scottish Government to Keep Skills in Economy

31st May 2009

Short Term Investment in Wage Subsidy Scheme Could Precipitate Faster Economic Recovery Two of Scotland’s most influential organisations made an unprecedented joint call to the Scottish Government this weekend to seriously consider implementing a wage and training support scheme, similar to a programme already in place in Wales.

STUC on BNP Euro Election Results

8th June 2009

Speaking after the announcement that the BNP have secured two seats in the elections to the European Parliament STUC (Scottish Trades Union Congress) Assistant Secretary, Mary Senior, said

Scottish unions welcome financial boost to “Adopt an Apprentice”

10th June 2009

The STUC today welcomed the Scottish Government’s “Adopt an Apprentice” scheme, and the financial support for employers to take on unemployed apprentices.

“Tackling Recession in the Highlands and Islands” - STUC Conference of Trade Unions and Trades Union Councils

11th June 2009

This years Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) Highlands and Islands Conference will be held on Saturday 13 June 2009 in the Town House, Inverness.

Calman proposals represent a significant enhancement of the devolution settlement – STUC

15th June 2009

Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary Grahame Smith gave an early welcome to the Commission’s findings.

STUC on labour market statistics

17th June 2009

Commenting on today’s statistics which show a rise in unemployment in Scotland of 41,000 over the quarter, Grahame Smith, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary said: “Today’s unemployment figures provide a stark rejoinder to those talking up green shoots in the economy. The inconvenient truth is that this recession remains in its infancy in terms of job losses.

STUC supports Palestinian Human Rights Case against the UK Government

17th June 2009

The Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) today The Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) today (Thursday 18 June) added its support to the challenge of the Palestinian Human Rights organisation Al-Haq against the UK Government in British Courts.added its support to the challenge of the Palestinian Human Rights organisation Al-Haq against the UK Government in British Courts.

STUC – ‘Foreign Secretary out of step on trade union boycott of Israel’

24th June 2009

The Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) today (Wednesday 24 June) rejected the Foreign Office’s “dismay” at trade union’s supporting boycotts of Israel, and suggested this is an indication that the UK Government is out of step with the views of workers on this matter.

STUC Supports the Post Bank Coalition

25th June 2009

Commenting in advance of the Post Bank event in the Scottish Parliament this afternoon (Thursday 25 June), Grahame Smith, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary said: “As the first anniversary of the near collapse of HBOS and RBS approaches, the bonus culture is returning and precious little progress has been made on meaningful regulatory reform. People are quite rightly querying whether anything has changed.

Health and wellbeing of young Scots tops STUC Youth Conference Agenda in Dundee

25th June 2009

The health and wellbeing of young Scots will be at the top of the agenda when the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) Youth Conference meets in Dundee this weekend. Scottish Government Minister for Public Health and Sport, Shona Robison will deliver the first keynote speech of the two day conference that will be attended by young trade unionists from across Scotland and other organisations with an interest in protecting the health and wellbeing of young people.

STUC Youth Conference to call for Boycott of the Scottish Youth Parliament in BNP challenge

26th June 2009

The Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) Youth Conference meeting in Dundee (27/28 June 2009) will call on members of the Scottish Youth Parliament to reject toleration of political extremism by refusing to take their seats until candidates who hold membership of the British National Party (BNP) are subjected to open, inclusive and contested elections in which their political affiliation is made known to those eligible to vote.

STUC on Building Britain’s Future

29th June 2009

Commenting on the Prime Minister’s launch of the ‘Building Britain’s Future’ document, Grahame Smith, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary said:

STUC Disappointed by Economy Committee’s Energy Report

30th June 2009

Commenting on the Scottish Parliament Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee’s report, Determining and Delivering Scotland’s Energy Future, Grahame Smith, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary said:

STUC shocked at scale of Diageo job losses

1st July 2009

Commenting of the announcement of 900 job losses at Diageo workplaces in Scotland, Grahame Smith, STUC General Secretary said:

Scottish Trade Unionists meet Foreign Office Minister to call for sanctions against Israel

1st July 2009

A delegation of Scottish Trade Unionists will today, Thursday 2 July, meet with the UK Minister for the Middle East, Ivan Lewis MP, to urge the British Government to impose sanctions on the state of Israel.

Families and STUC Welcome ICL Report and Call For Tough New Enforcement Action Against Negligent Employment Practices

16th July 2009

The STUC today (16 Jul) welcomed the report into the ICL Stockline disaster published by Lord Gill earlier today. The report highlights the failure of the company's directors and the failure of the safety inspection regime in place at the time, which conspired to cause an explosion on 11 May 2004 at ICL Stockline Plastics in Maryhill, Glasgow.

STUC comment on GDP Statistics

22nd July 2009

Commenting on the Scottish GDP statistics for Q1 2009 published this morning, Stephen Boyd, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) Assistant Secretary said:

STUC on UK GDP Figures

24th July 2009

Commenting on today’s ONS figures which reveal that the UK economy contracted 0.8% during the second quarter of 2009, Stephen Boyd, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) Assistant Secretary said:

STUC on Diageo Campaign

28th July 2009

Responding to comments made by Iain McMillan, Director, CBI Scotland who this morning claimed that the campaign to save Diageo jobs might discourage inward investment in Scotland, Grahame Smith, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary said:

STUC on Unemployment Statistics

12th August 2009

STUC on Unemployment Statistics Speaking after publication of the latest labour market statistics, Grahame Smith, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary said:

STUC on UK GDP figures

28th August 2009

Commenting on the revisions to the UK GDP figures for the second quarter of 2009 which show that the economy contracted by 0.7% and not 0.8%, Grahame Smith, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary said:

STUC Diageo Statement

2nd September 2009

'The Scottish Trades Union Congress fully supports today’s lobby of the Scottish Parliament by workers from Diageo’s Scottish sites. The lobby presents a major opportunity for politicians from all parties to show their opposition, before this afternoon’s ministerial statement and the subsequent member’s debate, to the proposed restructuring of Diageo in Scotland which would result in 900 job losses.

STUC on employment statistics

16th September 2009

Speaking as ONS data confirmed another rise in Scottish unemployment, Grahame Smith, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary said:

STUC on Scottish Budget Statement

17th September 2009

Reacting to John Swinney’s statement on the draft Scottish Budget, Grahame Smith, General Secretary of the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) said

Scottish Government Call to Westminster for increased capital spend must be matched by commitments on Scottish taxes

21st September 2009

The Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) will join Scottish Government coalition in pressing the Chancellor of the Exchequer to bring forward capital spending from 2011-2012 to 2010-2011, but the Cabinet Secretary for Finance must support his case by abandoning the Council Tax freeze.

Bill Speirs

28th September 2009

Tributes have been flooding in for STUC's former General Secretary Bill Speirs, who passed away last Wednesday. The funeral will take place at 1pm in Renfrew Town Hall on Thursday 1st October. Links to tributes to Bill and full funeral details can be accessed through the link above.

STUC seriously concerned that Scottish Civil Courts Review will undermine access to justice – the person in the street will be the loser

30th September 2009

The Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) today voiced its concern at the Report of the Civil Courts in Scotland. General Secretary Grahame Smith said:

Rise of the BNP tops STUC Black Workers’ Conference Agenda in Glasgow

2nd October 2009

The BNP and campaigning against racism will be at the top of the agenda when the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) Black Workers’ Conference meets in Glasgow this weekend. The two day conference will be attended by black trade unionists from across Scotland and other organisations with an interest in combating racism and xenophobia.

STUC congratulates Clydeside Action on Asbestos on 25th Anniversary

2nd October 2009

The Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) has repeated calls for justice for asbestos victims as Clydeside Action on Asbestos reaches its 25th anniversary. Speaking ahead of a dinner to mark the event, STUC Deputy General Secretary Dave Moxham said,

STUC and NUS Scotland Sign Up for a Fairer and Brighter Future for Students and Young Workers

7th October 2009

The Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) and the National Union of Students (NUS) in Scotland will today (Wednesday 7th October) sign a protocol to combat the exploitation of students and young workers in the workplace and throughout Scottish society.

Scottish Parliament Trade Union Week 6-8 October 2009

7th October 2009

The STUC - Scottish Parliament Trade Union Week is being held this week (6-8 October). Trade Union Week is an opportunity for MSPs and all Parliament staff to find out more about what’s happening in workplaces around the country. Trade Union members from across the public sector and many different industries will discuss their concerns and priorities with MSPs.

STUC urges action on rising youth unemployment

12th October 2009

Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) analysis of official government statistics released today shows that the number of young people (18-24) claiming Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) has risen by 75% on average across Scotland since 2007. This rises to well over 100% in some local authority areas. STUC General Secretary Grahame Smith said:

STUC on labour market statistics

14th October 2009

Commenting on today’s statistics which confirm a rise in Scottish unemployment of 13,000 over the quarter to August, Grahame Smith, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary said:

STUC on Quarter 2 GDP Figures

21st October 2009

Commenting on today’s statistics which show that Scottish economic output declined by 0.8% in the second quarter of 2009, Grahame Smith, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary said:

STUC on Royal Mail Dispute

22nd October 2009

Speaking as the first of two 24 hour strikes by Royal Mail staff got underway, Grahame Smith, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary said:

STUC on George Osborne’s speech in Glasgow

22nd October 2009

Commenting on George Osborne’s speech to the Glasgow Chambers of Commerce, Stephen Boyd, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) Assistant Secretary said:

STUC on UK GDP figures

23rd October 2009

Commenting on GDP figures published today which confirm that the current recession is the longest in modern history, Grahame Smith, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary said:

STUC on European Commission statement on ferry subsidies

28th October 2009

Speaking after the European Commission published its decision following a lengthy investigation into public financing of ferry services in Scotland, Stephen Boyd, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) Assistant Secretary said:

STUC supports Equal Pay Day

30th October 2009

The Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) Women’s Committee today (Friday 30 October) welcomed Equal Pay Day across the UK. The Fawcett Society campaign marks a national day of action to tackle the gender pay gap. The gender pay gap of 17.1% means that after 30 October, women work the equivalent of the rest of the year for free. Grahame Smith, STUC General Secretary, said:

STUC Women's Conference

5th November 2009

STUC WOMEN’S CONFERENCE DUNDEE CAIRD HALL TUESDAY 10th NOVEMBER WEDNESDAY 11TH NOVEMBER

STUC on G20 Summit

6th November 2009

As G20 Finance Ministers start to gather in St Andrews today, Grahame Smith, STUC General Secretary said: “Last year’s global financial crisis was the most dramatic since the great depression and yet we continue to await serious action to address the causes of the crisis. Continued inaction will condemn us to repeat the mistakes of the past.

Women Trade Unionists Gather in Dundee

9th November 2009

Women from workplaces all across Scotland have arrived in Dundee for the Annual Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) Women’s Conference.

Palestinian Firefighters visit STUC Women’s Conference

10th November 2009

Eight Palestinian Firefighters will tomorrow (Wednesday 11 November 2009) be welcomed to the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) Women’s Conference currently being held in Dundee.

STUC call for Scottish Budget for Jobs – as monthly unemployment figures are published

11th November 2009

Addressing the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) annual Women’s conference in the Caird Hall Dundee today, STUC General Secretary, Grahame Smith, in a wide ranging speech will call on the Scottish Government to abandon its strategy of council tax freezes and small business tax cuts and pursue a more focused strategy which is designed to protect jobs, support growth, and cut poverty as detailed in the STUC budget submission to the Scottish government.

STUC on Unemployment Figures

11th November 2009

Commenting on the labour market statistics published today, Grahame Smith, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary said: "Today's figures confirm another substantial rise in Scottish unemployment and it must be noted that the rise in both International Labour Organisation (ILO) and claimant count unemployment is proportionately higher in Scotland than for the UK as a whole.

STUC Women’s Conference welcomes Scotland Office Minister

11th November 2009

The Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) today welcomed Scottish Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Ann McKechin MP to the STUC Women’s Conference being held in Dundee.

Scotland United Against Racism & Fascism - 12 noon Saturday 14th November

13th November 2009

Trade unionists, politicians, faith groups and organisations campaigning against racism will join with supporters for a ‘Day of Celebration’ to mark Scotland’s rejection of racism, fascism, and Islamophobia. In his speech at the event Grahame Smith, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary, in reference to the activities of the Scottish Defence League (SDL) will say

STUC’s lawyers recognised as Scotland’s Law Firm of the Year

16th November 2009

Union lawyers’ Thompsons Solicitors won recognition as Scotland’s top legal firm in the prestigious Law Awards of Scotland 2009, organised by The Firm legal magazine.

Praise from Chambers marks three in a row for Union firm

16th November 2009

Thompsons Solicitors who represent union members of STUC affiliates has just chalked up its third major success in a row.

STUC on Critical Role of Union Learning in Economic Recovery

18th November 2009

Addressing the Scottish Union Learning Conference in the Apex City Hotel on Thursday (19th November), the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC will renew its call on the Scottish Government to set up a campaign aimed specifically at employers to encourage continued investment in training during the recession.

STUC on Queen’s speech

18th November 2009

Commenting on today’s Queen’s Speech, Grahame Smith, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary said:

STUC publishes ‘Sectarianism and the Workplace’ Report

20th November 2009

Speaking as the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) published the report ‘Sectarianism and the Workplace’, Grahame Smith, STUC General Secretary said:

STUC to ask Celtic fans to show Palestinian flags in solidarity with suffering Palestinians on December 2nd

27th November 2009

Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) Deputy General Secretary Dave Moxham said: “This December marks the one year anniversary of the Israeli invasion of Gaza in which 1400 men, women and children were killed in an act described by the United Nations as ‘indicating serious violations of international human rights’ and ‘amounting to war crimes, and possibly crimes against humanity.’

“A future free from racism” STUC St Andrew’s Day Anti Racism March and Rally SATURDAY 28th NOVEMBER 2009

27th November 2009

Trade unionists, politicians, faith and community groups will today (Saturday 28 November 2009) march through Glasgow’s streets in a visible demonstration against racism and fascism. Organised by the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC), the Annual St Andrew’s Day Anti Racism March and Rally will show a Scotland united against racism, and in difficult economic times will remind people of the dangers of allowing prejudice and discrimination to go unchallenged.

STUC on Scottish independence white paper

30th November 2009

Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary Grahame Smith today said: “Along with many others in Scotland, STUC will give today’s document the consideration it deserves. We certainly do not oppose a referendum in principle, however the question of when such a referendum should take place and most importantly, what question should be asked, are central to the view we will take.

STUC publishes Budget for Rebuilding Collective Prosperity

1st December 2009

STUC today published it’s submission to the Treasury in advance of Pre-Budget Report 2009 It does so in the wake of the news that the UK manufacturing sector suffered an unexpected slowdown in activity last month raising fresh doubts about claims of an economic recovery.

STUC issues health and safety challenge to David Cameron

2nd December 2009

The Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) has reacted angrily to comment made by Conservative leader David Cameron stating that our healthy and safety culture has “created a stultifying blanket of bureaucracy, suspicion and fear”.

STUC Support White Ribbon March

2nd December 2009

The Scottish Trades Union Congress is supporting the White Ribbon March being held in Stirling tomorrow (Thursday 3rd December 2009 at 6pm). Speaking before the march STUC General Secretary, Grahame Smith said “The STUC is committed to challenging violence against women, wherever it takes place. Our homes, streets and workplaces should be free from fear and violence for all women. We commend the White Ribbon Campaign in Scotland for organising with men to speak out.”

STUC on RBS Bonuses

3rd December 2009

Commenting on reports that the RBS Board has threatened to resign if the Government prevents it from paying bonuses, Grahame Smith, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary said:

Dignified work dignified lives - STUC Annual Disabled Workers Conference in Dundee 5th - 6th December

4th December 2009

The annual Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) Disabled Workers Conference will commence Saturday 5th December in the Apex Hotel Dundee

STUC calls on Chancellor to defy the deficit hawks

8th December 2009

Speaking in advance of tomorrow’s Pre Budget Report (PBR), Grahame Smith, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary said:

STUC on Pre Budget Report

9th December 2009

Commenting on the Pre Budget Report, Grahame Smith, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary said: “The STUC recognises that the Chancellor had a particularly difficult job today. Surveying this morning’s media coverage you could be forgiven for thinking that the recession is already over and that only immediate deficit reduction matters.

STUC on employment statistics

16th December 2009

Commenting on the publication today of the latest set of labour market statistics for Scotland, Grahame Smith, STUC General Secretary said:

STUC concern over the number of unemployed people in Scotland facing their second successive Christmas on the dole

22nd December 2009

Commenting on TUC analysis published today showing that, across the UK, the number of people spending their second successive Christmas on the dole will double to over 200,000 this year, Grahame Smith, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary said:

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