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Postal Services Bill - Third Reading

11th January 2011

Speaking on the eve of the third reading of the Postal Services Bill, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary Grahame Smith called on all MPs representing Scottish constituencies to listen to their constituents.

STUC on inflation figures

18th January 2011

Commenting on inflation figures released today, Grahame Smith, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary said:

STUC on labour market statistics

19th January 2011

Commenting on official labour market statistics for Scotland released today, Grahame Smith, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary said:

STUC on UK Growth statistics

25th January 2011

Commenting on the preliminary estimate of UK GDP for Quarter 4 2010 published this morning which shows a 0.5% contraction in the economy, Grahame Smith, STUC General Secretary said:

Egyptian workers form new union

1st February 2011

The STUC has received the following press release from the independent trade union organisation CTUWS, whose website has been blocked by the Egyptian government as part of the repression of dissent in Egypt.

Trade Union Council of the Isles warnings on UK and Irish Governments economic policy

2nd February 2011

Text of the statement agreed by the Scottish Trades Union Congress, the Welsh Trades Union Congress, the Irish Congress of Trade Unions and the Trades Union Congress at their recent meeting in Glasgow.

STUC support for Egyptian Protestors

7th February 2011

The STUC has issued a statement expressing solidarity with the progressive forces in Egypt struggling against dictatorship and for the transition to democracy.

STUC on Bank Levy

8th February 2011

Responding to the Chancellor’s announcement that the Bank Levy will increase to £2.5bn this year, Grahame Smith, STUC General Secretary said:

STUC on Project Merlin announcement

9th February 2011

Commenting on the announcement of the coalition government’s 'Project Merlin' deal with the UK’s major banks, Grahame Smith, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary said:

STUC on the state of the Scottish Labour market

15th February 2011

On the day that new unemployment statistics are published the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) is once again highlighting the worrying state of the Scottish labour market:

STUC on inflation and bank profits and pay

15th February 2011

Commenting on the publication of the latest inflation figures published today, Grahame Smith, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary said:

STUC on labour market statistics

16th February 2011

Commenting on the latest labour markets statistics published today, Grahame Smith, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary said:

STUC on the Welfare Bill

17th February 2011

The Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) said today that Scottish trade unionists and equality and community activists would be encouraged to continue to protest against unfair changes to the welfare system and the removal from thousands of Disability Living Allowance.

STUC fears confirmed on First Corporate Manslaughter Conviction

18th February 2011

Cotswold Geotechnical Holdings have been fined £385,000 after becoming the first company to be convicted under the new Corporate Manslaughter & Corporate Homicide Act following the death of Alex Wright in 2008, who suffocated when a 3.5m trench in which he was working collapsed on top of him.

Trade Unions Explore Social Media

23rd February 2011

On Thursday (24 February) Scottish trade unions will gather in Glasgow to explore the skills required for union members in social networking, both in the workplace and at home. Delegates from around Scotland will look at “Everyday Skills for the Digital Age: There is a Better Way” at the 3rd Annual Scottish Union Learning Everyday Skills Event.

STUC on Redundancy Framework

28th February 2011

Following a BBC report that ‘A deal guaranteeing no compulsory redundancies in the public sector in Scotland is understood to be close’ Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary Grahame Smith said “The Scottish Government is guilty of jumping the gun and it is not helpful to have discussions of this nature played out in the media.

Funding for Higher Education in Scotland

1st March 2011

Commenting on the Scottish Government’s reconvened higher education summit today, Grahame Smith, General Secretary of the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) said:

STUC welcomes success of Bill Butler’s Damages (Scotland) Bill

3rd March 2011

The Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) today welcomed the successful passage through the Scottish Parliament of the Damages (Scotland) Bill proposed by Bill Butler MSP.

Hundreds expected to assemble in Perth to protest LibDem support for benefit cuts

4th March 2011

Hundreds expected to assemble in Perth to protest LibDem support for benefit cuts The Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) today predicted that hundreds of people, led by disability campaigners would arrive in Perth tomorrow (Saturday 5 March) to protest at Liberal Democrat support for benefit cuts and changes to Disability Living Allowance.

Campaigners Say to MSPs ‘Make Poverty Your Priority’

16th March 2011

In the last week of the Scottish Parliament before the election campaign the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) and the Poverty Alliance are saying to politicians of all parties “make poverty your priority” in the forthcoming campaign and in the next session of the Parliament.

STUC on labour market statistics

16th March 2011

Commenting on the latest set of labour market statistics for Scotland published today, Grahame Smith, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary said

STUC on Coalition’s ‘sweeping reform’ of ‘red tape’ initiative

18th March 2011

Commenting on Vince Cable’s plans to ‘reform’ the regulatory environment for Business, Stephen Boyd, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) Assistant Secretary said: “Vince Cable’s announcement on ’red-tape’ marks something of a nadir in bad government.

STUC on the Budget

23rd March 2011

Commenting on the Chancellor’s Budget announcement, Grahame Smith, STUC General Secretary said: “The Chancellor argued that this was a Budget for those who wish to ‘start, grow and finance’ a business. It certainly wasn’t a Budget for those who are looking for a job.

Thousands from Scotland join ‘The March for the Alternative’

24th March 2011

The Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) predicts thousands from Scotland will join hundreds of thousands in London as union members, students and community activists converge to march for the alternative.

STUC REACTS WITH ANGER OVER WELFARE REFORMS

4th April 2011

The STUC has condemned the latest attack by the coalition Government on our welfare system as they press ahead with plans to bully vulnerable people into work.

Funding for Unions and Workplace Learning

6th April 2011

The Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) has welcomed funding from the Scottish Government of £1.4m for union-led learning initiatives until March 2012. The STUC will take forward this work through Scottish Union Learning.

STUC WELCOMES DAMAGES SCOTLAND ACT RULING

12th April 2011

STUC WELCOMES DAMAGES SCOTLAND ACT RULING The Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) has welcomed the ruling from the Court of Session rejecting the latest attempts from the insurance industry to deny compensation for thousands of workers exposed to asbestos and who subsequently contracted pleural plaques.

STUC on Labour Market Statistics

13th April 2011

Commenting on the latest set of labour market statistics for Scotland, Grahame Smith, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary said:

STUC Congress focuses on Growth and Manufacturing

17th April 2011

In advance of STUC Congress 2011 which begins on Monday, the STUC is publishing a major discussion paper, the Future of Manufacturing Industry in Scotland. This is a key component of the comprehensive policy agenda being developed and debated at Congress in response to the coalition government’s avoidable, unfair and regressive cuts agenda.

Community Union Activist from Glasgow Wins STUC One Workplace Equality Award 2011

18th April 2011

The annual One Workplace Equality Award to recognise the role of Scottish trade union members in promoting equality in the workplace will be presented today (16.05 hrs Monday 18th April) at the STUC Annual Congress in Ayr.

STUC Congress – Communities and unions join together to discuss the Better Way

18th April 2011

The Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) today predicts a major upsurge in joint campaigning and political pressure as communities come together to campaign against cuts and for economic growth. Representatives from community, equality and faith groups will participate in the STUC’s first ever Congress Special Open Session, focussing on the There is a Better Way campaign.

In Pictures: 2011 STUC Congress

18th April 2011

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STUC WELCOMES SCOTTISH AFFAIRS SELECT COMMITTEE TO CONGRESS. BUT FEARS THAT REDUCED ENFORCEMENT, WORKPLACE DEREGULATION AND THE BONUS CULTURE WILL COST LIVES.

18th April 2011

Ahead of Wednesday’s Congress debate on workplace health and safety, Grahame Smith, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary said:

Unite Reps at Tullis Russell Papermakers receive 2011 STUC Health and Safety Award

18th April 2011

The Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) has announced that the recipients of this year’s STUC health and safety award are the Unite health and safety representatives at Tullis Russell Papermakers

Special Delivery: STUC Award for CWU Learning Reps at Glasgow Royal Mail

19th April 2011

The Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) has announced that the recipients of this year’s STUC Helen Dowie Award for Lifelong Learning are the Communication Workers’ Union Learning Reps at Glasgow Royal Mail Centre in Springburn.

STUC calls on the UK Government to work towards a cessation of the current military action in Libya

20th April 2011

An emergency motion was passed today by STUC Annual Congress urging the UK Government to work towards a cessation of the current military action in Libya and to seek a diplomatic solution that will allow for a peaceful transition to democracy in the country.

STUC on UK GDP Statistics

27th April 2011

Commenting on publication of preliminary estimates for UK GDP growth in Q1 2011 which showed growth of 0.5%, Grahame Smith, STUC General Secretary said:

STUC ASKS SCOTLAND TO REMEMBER THOSE KILLED AT WORK

27th April 2011

Ahead of the first International Workers Memorial Day (Thursday 28th April) to be recognised formally by the UK Government the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) has called for communities throughout Scotland to remember the hundred of Scottish workers who have died in the past year as a result of industrial injury or disease.

STUC on labour Market Statistics

18th May 2011

Commenting on publication of the latest set of labour markets statistics for Scotland, Grahame Smith, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary said:

STUC supports call for increased powers in the Scotland Bill

23rd May 2011

Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) supports First Minister’s call for immediate and additional borrowing powers; housing benefit and council tax benefit should also be devolved in Scotland Bill

SNP priorities - warm words but freezes are not helping

26th May 2011

Following the First Minister’s statement Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary Grahame Smith said

STUC Highlands and Islands Conference 2011

9th June 2011

This year’s Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) Highlands and Islands Conference will be held on Saturday 11 June in the Town House, Inverness. Building on the STUC’s national campaign, the theme of the conference will be ‘There is a Better Way in the Highlands and Islands’.

STUC raises fears about rising unemployment amongst women

15th June 2011

In advance of the June labour market statistics for Scotland, the STUC is drawing attention to the serious divergence in the male and female unemployment trends in Scotland.

STUC on labour market statistics

15th June 2011

Commenting on official labour market statistics for Scotland released today, Grahame Smith, Scottish Trade Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary said:

STUC welcomes review of governance in University sector

16th June 2011

Commenting on the announcement today by the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning in the Scottish Parliament, Scottish Trades Unions Congress (STUC) General Secretary Grahame Smith said:

STUC anger as Coalition breaks Pensions Pledge to Women

20th June 2011

The Scottish Trade Union Congress (STUC) has added its voice to campaign groups calling for the Government to honour their pledge not to discriminate against women as they try to force through change in the state pension age.

Parliament calls for a Better Way for Scotland

21st June 2011

Speaking in advance of the Members debate in the Scottish Parliament on Wednesday 22nd June, Grahame Smith STUC General Secretary said “The STUC‘s priorities remain Jobs, Services, Fair Taxation and a Living Wage.

STUC Response to Scottish Government Statement on Public Sector Pensions

22nd June 2011

The Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) welcomes the tone and much of the content of the statement made by John Swinney, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth, on the crisis facing members of public sector pension schemes. In recognising that the proposals put forward by the Coalition Government to increase contributions are unfair and unjust, the Cabinet Secretary shows understanding of the damage the proposals will do to ordinary public service workers at a time when public sector pay freezes are already reducing their standard of living by hundreds and in many cases thousands of pounds per year.

STUC Youth Conference 2011 – A Better Way for Young People

24th June 2011

The 71st Annual STUC Youth Conference will take place in Glasgow at the STUC Centre, over the coming weekend, Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th June, 2011. The Conference takes place during growing uncertainty for young people in Scotland. Over the weekend young trade unionists from across Scotland will debate a number of issues including, youth unemployment, protecting public services, education and housing.

STUC Warns Against Complacency Following Reduction in Workplace Fatalities

28th June 2011

The Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) has given a cautious welcome to the news this morning that workplace fatalities have fallen significantly in Scotland. The HSE have released figures for the year to 31 March 2011 showing that fatal injuries at work have fallen from 23 in 2009/10 to 15 this year.

Christie Commission Report

29th June 2011

In welcoming the report Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary Grahame Smith said: “There is little in the report to help Mr Swinney with his impending budget problems. It was, after all, never the Commission’s role to offer immediate solutions to the short-term public sector funding crisis.

STUC on Unemployment Figures

13th July 2011

Responding to publication of the latest set of ONS labour market statistics, Grahame Smith, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary said:

STUC writes to Trinity Mirror on Daily Record & Sunday Mail job losses

14th July 2011

Grahame Smith, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary today wrote to Mark Hollinshead, Managing Director, Nationals at Trinity Mirror to ask that current plans to cut jobs at the Daily Record and Sunday Mail are reassessed in light of News International’s current difficulties.

STUC on GDP figures – already weak recovery has now effectively stalled

26th July 2011

Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) Deputy General Secretary Dave Moxham said: “No amount of spin or hopeful guesswork can disguise the fact that today's figures show that the UK's previously very weak recovery has effectively stalled. The 0.2% growth figure is far short of the 0.8% which was needed to meet the Chancellor’s feeble recovery target. Our performance compares poorly with that of countries such as Germany and France.

Public sector Pensions: Increased pension levy is nothing more than a cash grab says STUC

28th July 2011

Responding to today’s Government announcement attacking public sector pensions Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) Deputy General Secretary Dave Moxham said:

STUC on new unemployment statistics

17th August 2011

Reacting to publication of the latest set of labour market statistics for Scotland, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary Grahame Smith said:

STUC on Scottish Defence League

19th August 2011

Following the decision of the regulatory committee of the City of Edinburgh Council to reject the application made by the Scottish Defence League to march on September 10, Grahame Smith, General Secretary of the Scottish Trades Union Council (STUC) said

STUC responds to the Scottish Government’s consultation on Corporation Tax

5th September 2011

On publication of the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) response to the Scottish Government’s discussion paper on corporation tax, Grahame Smith, STUC General Secretary said:

STUC on Scottish Government’s programme for Scotland

7th September 2011

Commenting on the First Minister’s presentation to Parliament of the Scottish Government’s programme for Scotland 2011-2012, Grahame Smith, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary said:

STUC releases shocking estimate of Scotland’s full-time employment deficit

13th September 2011

On the eve of publication of the next set of labour market statistics for Scotland, the STUC has released an estimate of Scotland’s full-time employment deficit, which at 17.25%, is far in excess of the unemployment rate of 7.7%. On publication of this estimate, Grahame Smith, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary said:

STUC on Labour Market Statistics

14th September 2011

Speaking on publication of the latest set of labour market statistics for Scotland, Grahame Smith, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary said:

STUC brands Scottish Spending Review as ‘Plan B minus’

21st September 2011

STUC General Secretary Grahame Smith said: “The central idea in the budget, an investment led Plan B for Scotland, chimes closely with STUC priorities and stands in stark contrast to the growth busting austerity of the Westminster Coalition.

Thousands to join Civic Scotland ‘People First’ demonstration on October 1st in Glasgow

27th September 2011

Faith, equality, anti-poverty and trade union groups have pledged increased co-operation to campaign for major income redistribution, protect services and rebuild communities in the wake of coalition austerity measures with Scottish and local authority budgets being slashed.

STUC Black Workers’ Conference – A Better Way for Black Workers

30th September 2011

The 15th STUC Black Workers’ Conference will take place in Glasgow this weekend (Saturday and Sunday 1-2 October). The Conference will debate a number of motions on issues of particular concern to black and ethnic minorities – on equality, defending jobs, pay, pensions and public services, cuts in education, protecting migrants and victims of trafficking, as well as motions on Egypt and Syria.

STUC on Labour Market Statistics

12th October 2011

Commenting on today’s ONS figures which show a rise in unemployment and a very significant fall in employment, Grahame Smith, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary said:

STUC welcomes Supreme Court ruling on pleural plaques

12th October 2011

Welcoming the Supreme Court ruling on pleural plaques Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) Deputy General Secretary Dave Moxham said:

STUC names and shames insurance giants who blocked justice for pleural plaques sufferers

13th October 2011

- Public should be made fully aware of their insurance providers’ unacceptable behaviour The Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) has named and shamed the five insurance giants who were responsible for dragging pleural plaques sufferers to the Supreme Court to challenge their rights to compensation.

STUC on Longannet Carbon Capture and Storage Announcement

19th October 2011

Reacting to today’s announcement by the Coalition Government Energy Secretary that the plans for the UK's first carbon capture project at Longannet power station in Fife are to be scrapped, Stephen Boyd, Scottish Trades Union Congress Assistant Secretary said:

STUC Union Rep Awards at the Scottish Parliament

27th October 2011

The recipients of the 2011 STUC Union Rep Awards visited the Scottish Parliament at the invitation of FM Alex Salmond MSP on Thursday, 27 October 2011.

Campbell Christie

28th October 2011

The Scottish Trades Union Congress is deeply saddened at the passing of former STUC General Secretary Campbell Christie. Campbell served as General Secretary from 1986 to 1998.

Campbell Christie - “Celebration of his Life”,

1st November 2011

Campbell Christie - “Celebration of his Life”,

Pensions Justice

7th November 2011

Pensions are under attack. The Tory led Coalition wants to make millions of people pay more, is threatening to make them work longer - and wants everyone to get a lot less at the end of it.

84TH ANNUAL STUC WOMEN’S CONFERENCE

8th November 2011

84TH ANNUAL STUC WOMEN’S CONFERENCE Monday 14th and Tuesday 15th November 2011 Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

STUC Women’s Conference condemns dawn raids by UK Border Agency

14th November 2011

The Scottish Trades Union Congress Women’s Conference meeting in Glasgow today carried an emergency motion condemning dawn raids by the UK Border Agency.

STUC on Labour Market Statistics

16th November 2011

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

STUC Calls on Scottish Parliament to reconsider convening on Pensions Justice Day of Action

17th November 2011

Grahame Smith, General Secretary of the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC), has today written to Bruce Crawford MSP, the Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Parliamentary Business and Government Strategy, urging the Scottish Parliament to reconsider its decision to meet on the 30th November, the STUC Day of Action for Pensions Justice.

Annual STUC Disabled Workers Conference opens in Dundee tomorrow

18th November 2011

The Annual Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) Disabled Workers Conference will take place this weekend when disabled trade union members will meet to discuss issues affecting disabled workers both in the workplace and wider Scottish society.

STUC Reject Coalition Criticism of Pensions Action

24th November 2011

Rejecting Coalition Ministers criticisms of the pensions justice action on 30 November Scottish Trades Union Congress General Secretary, Grahame Smith, said

STUC Gives Cautious Welcome to Youth Contract Announcement

25th November 2011

The Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) has given a cautious welcome to the announcement by Deputy Prime Minister that £1 billion has been found to tackle youth unemployment throughout the United Kingdom. Grahame Smith, STUC General Secretary said

Scotland United For a Better Way

25th November 2011

STUC St Andrew’s Day Anti Racism March and Rally SATURDAY 26th NOVEMBER 2011 Trade unionists, politicians, faith and community groups will march through Glasgow’s streets (Saturday 26 November 2011) 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 calls for an end to health and safety burdens myth

28th November 2011

Speaking ahead of the publication of the Lofstedt Review on the burdens of health and safety legislation, Grahame Smith, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary, said:

STUC responds to Chancellor’s Autumn Statement

29th November 2011

Responding to the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement, Grahame Smith, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary said:

STUC on the Pensions Dispute and the Autumn Statement

29th November 2011

Responding to comments made by the Chancellor in announcing his Autumn Statement, Grahame Smith, STUC General Secretary said:

STUC SENDS MESSAGE OF SUPPORT TO STRIKING ARGOS DRIVERS

8th December 2011

The STUC has sent a message of support to the drivers employed by Norbert Dentressangle to deliver the Argos Distribution contract who are taking strike action over the latest attack on their pension entitlement.

STUC on labour market statistics

14th December 2011

Commenting on today’s ONS statistics which show a huge jump in Scottish unemployment, Grahame Smith, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary said:

STUC on ‘Christmas on the Dole in Scotland’

20th December 2011

Commenting on the TUC's research which confirms that long term unemployment (JSA over 12 months) is rising faster in Scotland than any other nation/region of the UK and that Scotland also has 8 of the 10 local authority areas showing the largest percentage increases in long-term unemployment over the past year, Grahame Smith, STUC General Secretary said:

STUC comment on TUC overtime statistics

22nd December 2011

‘Paid overtime down by a quarter from pre-recession peak’ Commenting on today’s TUC statistics STUC General Secretary Grahame Smith said:

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