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STUC on Referendum Announcement

10th January 2012

Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary Grahame Smith said: “The Secretary of State’s aim of ensuring the Scottish Parliament’s right to hold a legal referendum is welcome in that it potentially avoids protracted and divisive uncertainty on issues of legal competence which would have been to the detriment of the real debate.

STUC call for Independent Referendum Commission

12th January 2012

Grahame Smith, General Secretary of the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) has today (Thursday 12th January) written to the First Minister of Scotland, The Secretary of State For Scotland and the Leader of the Scottish Labour Party calling for the establishment of an independent Referendum Commission as follows:-

STUC releases latest estimate of Scotland’s full-time employment deficit – now over the half million mark

17th January 2012

In advance of the new labour market statistics for Scotland which will be published tomorrow, the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) has released its latest estimate of Scotland’s full-time employment deficit, which at 502,655 or 18.6%, is far in excess of the unemployment rate of 8.5%. On publication of this estimate, Grahame Smith, STUC General Secretary said:

STUC on labour market statistics

18th January 2012

Speaking on publication of the latest set of labour market statistics which show an increase in unemployment of 19,000 over the 3 months to November 2011, Grahame Smith, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary said:

STUC supports call to protect benefits for parents seeking work

23rd January 2012

As the House of Lords considers the Welfare Reform Bill today (Monday 23 January), the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) joins children’s charities, voluntary sector organisations, law centres, and others, in speaking up for claimants who face difficulties accessing the childcare they need to allow them to take up employment.

STUC questions value of the Small Business Bonus Scheme

24th January 2012

On the eve of the Scottish Parliament’s Stage One debate on the 2012-2013 Budget, the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) is publishing research into the relative performance of Scotland’s very small firms since the Small Business Bonus Scheme (SBBS) was introduced in 2008.

Consultations provide opportunity to make progress on issues of process

25th January 2012

Responding to the Scottish Government's referendum consultation, Grahame Smith said: "STUC will consult its affiliated organisations on the substance of this, and the UK Government's consultation, before making a detailed response to both. Taken together these exercises provide the opportunity to resolve issues of process so that the real referendum debate can move forward. However, such progress will require flexibility from both Governments and a marked improvement in the overall political tone.

STUC shares CAS concern over level of employment abuse

6th February 2012

Following publication today of Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) ‘Fair Employment’ report, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) Deputy General Secretary, Dave Moxham, said

STUC on labour market statistics

15th February 2012

Commenting on the labour market statistics for Scotland published today, Grahame Smith, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary said: “Another set of statistics, another significant rise in Scottish unemployment. The jump in youth unemployment in the month to January is particularly alarming.

Parliamentary motion highlights Scottish Parliament Trade Union Week 2012

20th February 2012

Drew Smith MSP has submitted a motion highlighting the activities taking place in the Scottish Parliament during Trade Union Week 21-23 February

MSPs to hear from women in the workplace

20th February 2012

With rising unemployment and cuts in public spending, women in Scotland are losing jobs or facing big changes in working hours, and conditions. Changes in the tax credit and benefit system at Westminster are also reducing household income in Scotland. It is timely that the Scottish Parliament Equal Opportunities Committee is holding a roundtable session on Tuesday 21st February on ‘Women and Work’ with members of the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) Women’s Committee and other organizations working with women in Scotland.

Songs for Social Justice at Scottish Parliament

22nd February 2012

The Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) 'Songs for Social Justice' festival for Scottish Schools, held in conjunction with the Alistair Hulett Memorial Trust has been praised in a motion to the Scottish Parliament.

STUC meet First Minister for talks

23rd February 2012

Regular talks between the First Minister and Scottish unions have been described as “constructive”.

STUC argue for a Scottish Living Wage at Labour Conference

2nd March 2012

Today, (13.00 Friday 2 March) at the Scottish Labour Party Conference in Dundee, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary Grahame Smith will address a meeting to promote the Scottish Living Wage Campaign.

STUC Attacks Institute of Directors Response to Tribunal Fees Proposals

6th March 2012

The Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) has attacked the Institute of Directors (IoD) response to Government proposals to introduce fees for employment tribunals as an attack on the basic human rights of individuals to seek justice following the unreasonable actions of employers. Grahame Smith, STUC General Secretary said

STUC on Remploy closures

7th March 2012

Reacting to news that three Scottish Remploy workplaces are to close and another five have been placed under serious threat, Grahame Smith, STUC General Secretary said:

STUC RESPONSE TO UK GOVERNMENT CONSULTATION: “SCOTLAND’S CONSTITUTIONAL FUTURE”

8th March 2012

Submitting STUC’s response to the UK Government’s referendum consultation Grahame Smith, General Secretary said:

First Minister to Visit Workplaces of Award Winning Union Reps

8th March 2012

The First Minister Alex Salmond MSP will visit the workplaces of the recipients of the 2011 STUC Union Rep Awards on Friday, 9 March 2012. The workplace visits have come about after a meeting between the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) and the First Minister in October 2011 at the Scottish Parliament.

STUC send message of solidarity to the Maritime Union of New Zealand

12th March 2012

The Scottish TradesUnion Congress (STUC) has today sent a message of solidarity to the Maritime Union of New Zealand (MUNZ) supporting it in its fight to establish a new collective agreement with the Port of Auckland Limited (POAL). POAL has issued redundancy notices, hired non-unionised contracted workers and offered individual employment agreements in an apparent bid to divide the workforce. You can sign the petition in support of the MUNZ campaign to secure meaningful negotiations with the employer here.

STUC publishes Budget Submission 2012

13th March 2012

Commenting as the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) published its 2012 Budget Submission to the Chancellor, Grahame Smith, STUC General Secretary said: “We are publishing this submission on the eve of release of new labour market statistics for Scotland. Whatever happens tomorrow, all credible forecasters believe unemployment will remain high and above pre-recession levels through the course of this UK Parliament.

STUC Appalled at Latest Attack on UK Employment Rights

13th March 2012

The Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) has challenged the latest attack by the United Kingdom Government on the employment rights as the Con-Lib Coalition Government seek to increase the qualifying period for unfair dismissal from twelve months to two years and abolish the participation of lay members on employment tribunals.

STUC on Labour Market Statistics

14th March 2012

Commenting on today’s ONS labour market statistics for Scotland which confirmed another significant rise in unemployment and even bigger fall in employment, Grahame Smith, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary said:

STUC on National Convention on Youth Employment

15th March 2012

At the National Convention on Youth Employment being held today in Dundee the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) will be pressing the Scottish and UK Governments for an end to unpaid employment arrangements such as workfare placements or internships and seeking assurances on the welfare and safety of young people currently engaged on such programmes.

STUC initial Budget Reaction

21st March 2012

Responding to the Chancellor’s Budget statement, Grahame Smith, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary said: “The UK economy is facing a crisis of high and rising unemployment and a precipitous fall in the living standards of ordinary workers and their families. Yet the Chancellor has responded with a ‘millionaires Budget’; one that provides tax cuts for the wealthiest individuals and corporations. It seems that the top rate of tax will no longer be determined by the interests of the nation but what society’s wealthiest are prepared to contribute to the common weal.

STUC - Nothing in the budget for 100,000 plus unemployed young Scots

22nd March 2012

Ahead of a demonstration to be led by young trade unionists outside Scottish Tory Party Conference in Troon this Saturday (24 March) Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary Grahame Smith said: “With unemployment amongst young people topping 100,000 we are facing a crisis which the Chancellor completely failed to address in the budget.

STUC welcomes the calls for radical change in services for women offenders

18th April 2012

Welcoming the report from the Commission on Women Offenders, Ann Henderson, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) Assistant Secretary, said:

STUC on Labour Market statistics

18th April 2012

Commenting on the latest official labour market statistics for Scotland published today which show a headline fall of 12,000 in unemployment, Grahame Smith, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary said: “This significant fall in headline unemployment is as welcome as it is surprising. However, as always with labour market statistics, the overall picture is much more complex.

Yes, the time has come to say ‘we told you so’ - a report card on the Coalition’s economic strategy

22nd April 2012

STUC will release its report Yes, the time has come to say ‘we told you so’ highlighting 6 economic claims which the Coalition Government got wrong.

STUC Highlights employment concerns at Annual Congress

22nd April 2012

Speaking prior to the publication of the Coalition report card ‘Yes, the time has come to say ‘we told you so’ highlighting 6 economic claims which the Coalition Government got wrong’. (Previous release and report attached) Grahame Smith Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary said

The Better Way in local government - 10 challenges for local election candidates in Scotland

23rd April 2012

The Scottish Council elections on 3 May provide a much needed focus on local democracy and local services. Here are ten key questions trade unionists should be asking candidates before casting their vote

Lothian Firefighter Wins STUC One Workplace Equality Award 2012

23rd April 2012

Johann Lamont MSP, Leader of the Scottish Labour Party will present this year’s One Workplace Equality Award 2012 to recognise the role of Scottish trade union members in promoting equality at the STUC Annual Congress in Inverness.

STUC Congress hears call for 50/ 50 representation for women

23rd April 2012

Speaking at STUC Congress in Inverness this afternoon, Margaret Boyd, Chair of the STUC Women’s Committee, challenges the main political parties to change their ways.

Unite Rep Opens Doors to Learning as Diageo Closes in Kilmarnock

24th April 2012

The Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) has announced that the recipient of this year’s STUC Helen Dowie Award for Lifelong Learning is Janette Dunbar, a Unite Union Learning Representative at Diageo in Kilmarnock

Universal Childcare and education provision essential for Scotland’s Economy

24th April 2012

Delegates at the STUC Congress in Inverness yesterday heard strong speeches from a number of delegates, calling for a change in the way childcare is delivered in Scotland.

STUC Announces Inaugural Frank Maguire Award for Health and Safety

25th April 2012

The Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) has announced that the recipients of this year’s health and safety award is Colin Gourlay, Lead Prospect Health and Safety Representative at Babcock in Rosyth

STUC on UK Growth Statistics

25th April 2012

Commenting on today’s ONS figures which confirm the UK has technically re-entered recession, Grahame Smith, STUC General Secretary said:

Emergency International Motions at Congress 2012

25th April 2012

A report of international motions carried at the 2012 Scottish Trades Union Annual Congress in Inverness

Workers Gather throughout Scotland to Commemorate Workers Memorial Day

27th April 2012

Commemorations will take place across Scotland where trade unions and families of those who have lost loved ones at work will gather to remember the dead and to continue the fight to ensure that our workplaces are safe workplaces and negligent employers are held to account. Grahame Smith, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary said

STUC condemns UK Government attack on equality

15th May 2012

Responding to the announcement from the Home Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalities Theresa May MP, on the Government’s intention to further weaken equality legislation in this country and to review again the funding allocated to the Equality and Human Rights Commission Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary Grahame Smith said:

STUC on Scottish unemployment figures

16th May 2012

Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary Grahame Smith said: “Today’s statistics show a rise in the number of people unemployed in Scotland of 2000 since last month and of 13,000 since this time last year. In this context, the Secretary of State for Scotland’s welcome of a ‘further fall in Scottish unemployment’ is misleading in the extreme.

Bahrain: Failed Revolt Undermines Education

18th May 2012

Mahdi Abu Dheeb, the President of the Bahraini Teachers Association (BTA), has now spent more than a year behind bars for doing nothing more than leading his trade union.

STUC Anger at Latest Attack on Workers Rights

22nd May 2012

The Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) has reacted angrily at the latest plans by the coalition Government to attack the employment rights of United Kingdom Workers.

STUC Comment in advance of 'Young People and Economic Growth' debate

14th June 2012

In advance of this afternoon’s Scottish Parliament debate on Young People and Economic Growth, Grahame Smith, STUC General Secretary said:

STUC on employment statistics

20th June 2012

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

STUC on Scotland’s Future

20th June 2012

Responding to the UK Government announcement today to undertake a programme of work to inform and support the debate on Scotland's future within the UK, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary Grahame Smith said

Young Trade Unionists to discuss the economic crisis and Scotland’s future

22nd June 2012

Young trade union members from all over Scotland will gather in Glasgow this weekend (23/24 June) to debate a wide range of issues affecting young people today in the workplace and in Scottish society.

STUC on Scottish Workplace Fatalities

5th July 2012

The Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) has expressed concern at an unacceptable increase in workplace fatalities in Scotland between 2010 and 2011 reported by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in new official statistics published today (5 July).

STUC welcomes first Mandela Day Celebrations in Scotland

17th July 2012

The Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) has welcomed the formal celebration of Mandela Day (Wednesday 18 July) in Scotland. To mark the inaugural celebrations the STUC General Secretary Grahame Smith will join the First Minister, Alex Salmond and the South African High Commissioner, Dr Zola Skweyiya in events to celebrate Nelson Mandela’s 94th birthday by taking part in events to send 50,000 donated books in a container to Eastern Cape libraries in South Africa.

STUC on GDP and employment statistics

18th July 2012

Responding to the latest GDP and labour market statistics for Scotland published today, Grahame Smith, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary said:

STUC on UK Q2 GDP Statistics

25th July 2012

Commenting on today’s Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures which confirm that the recession deepened in the second quarter of 2012, Grahame Smith, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary said:

Robert's Story: From Homeless to Union Learner of the Year

14th November 2012

Once homeless, Robert Higgins of Wishaw has been working as a Cleaner at the First Bus Depot in Blantyre for the last seven years. Robert is a member of Unite the Union, and earlier this year, he approached his Union Learning Rep, Ewan McLean, in the workplace learning centre for help with his literacy and numeracy skills. Robert has been named as the 2nd Learner of the Year by Scottish Union Learning, which is part of the Scottish TUC.

Scottish Parliament commends trade union women

15th November 2012

Anne McTaggart MSP today lodged a Members Motion in the Scottish Parliament, commending the recent Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) Women’s Conference.

Scottish Parliament commends trade union women

15th November 2012

Anne McTaggart MSP today lodged a Members Motion in the Scottish Parliament, commending the recent Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) Women’s Conference.

A Just Scotland - STUC publishes interim report on Scotland’s constitutional future

25th November 2012

STUC interim report on Scotland's constitutional future published.

STUC on Scottish underemployment statistics

28th November 2012

The Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary Grahame Smith, responding to today’s publication of official statistics on underemployment said:

STUC Demands Suspension of Remploy Closures

28th November 2012

STUC Demands Suspension of Remploy Closures Speaking ahead of the Scottish Parliament debate on the impact of the United Kingdom’s Government decision to axe the Remploy Factory in Springburn, Grahame Smith, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary, said “The STUC is appalled at the decision taken by Esther McVey, UK Minister for Disabled People to axe the Remploy factory in Springburn and place the livelihoods of over 50 disabled people at risk.

STUC on Autumn Statement

5th December 2012

Speaking after the Chancellor announced his Autumn Statement, Grahame Smith, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary said: “Whilst he may feel obliged to repeat the rhetoric, today is the day the Chancellor abandoned any pretence that ‘we’re all in this together’.

STUC on Labour Market Statistics

12th December 2012

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

38,000 Scots are facing their second Christmas on the dole as Government fails to take action to halt long-term unemployment

19th December 2012

‘Figures reveal miserable picture for thousands of Scots facing second Christmas on the dole’

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