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THE PEOPLE’S ASSEMBLY LAUNCH IN SCOTLAND

21st January 2014

Scottish Peoples Assembly Launch Saturday 25th January 2014, 11:00AM – 2:00PM St. Stephens Church 260 Bath Street, Glasgow

STUC on labour market statistics

22nd January 2014

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

STUC welcomes Bedroom Tax announcement

3rd February 2014

Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary Grahame Smith said: "The Bedroom Tax has been a campaigning priority for STUC since the announcement of the measure in 2012. It is testament to the campaigning activities of a whole range of community organisations that we have achieved some respite for those affected by the Tax. STUC also recognises that both the Scottish Government and the Scottish Labour Party have consistently opposed the Bedroom Tax, even if they have hitherto, not seen eye to eye on the tactics required to eliminate it. We are delighted that agreement now appears to have been reached"

STUC Urges Young Voters to Register

5th February 2014

The Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) has urged all young people to ensure they are registered to vote ahead of the referendum on 18th September. Today, Wednesday 5th February, marks voter registration day and the STUC is encouraging all young people entitled to vote to make sure that vote counts.

STUC deeply disappointed at provisions of the Courts Reform (Scotland) Bill. Pledges to campaign for Stage 2 amendments to protect trade union members

7th February 2014

Grahame Smith, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary said “Having engaged constructively in the long process of review and consultation leading up to this Bill, STUC is both frustrated and deeply disappointed, that our two key concerns have been ignored by the Scottish Government.

STUC to publish the second ‘A Just Scotland Report’ - Early excerpts on currency union

12th February 2014

The Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) will publish its second ‘A Just Scotland Report’ on Thursday 20th February. In the context of the anticipated speech by George Osborne in which it is suggested he will rule out any prospect of a formal currency union with an independent Scotland, the STUC is releasing early excerpts from the report dealing with this issue.

STUC at the Scottish Parliament this week

17th February 2014

As MSPs come back to Parliament this week, there will be a number of opportunities to meet with trade union representatives from different sectors and professions across Scotland. The Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) ‘Trade Union Week at the Scottish Parliament’ allows MSPs to meet with constituents from local workplaces, but also shines a spotlight on the valuable contribution that trade unions make to civic society and to the economy.

STUC on Labour Market statistics

19th February 2014

Commenting on the latest set of official labour market statistics for Scotland published today, Grahame Smith, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary said: “It is always dangerous to read too much into one set of ONS figures but today’s report does provide some cause for sober reflection. The big fall in unemployment witnessed in last month’s figures hasn’t been sustained with the Scottish rate now back to over 3% above its trough of summer 2008.

STUC Publish second ' Just Scotland' report

20th February 2014

A comprehensive analysis of the key referendum issues has been published today

Everyday Skills are the Way Forward for Trade Unions

26th February 2014

It is estimated that over one million adults in Scotland lack basic digital skills, despite various initiatives to stimulate digital participation and develop digital skills*. Additionally, official statistics in the United Kingdom show that 10% of the population have dyslexia**. Trade Unions, and in particular Union Learning Reps, are uniquely placed to tackle these issues in the workplace, and are able to provide on-site support to workplace learners.

STUC welcomes asylum initiative for Ugandans facing persecution

28th February 2014

The Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) has welcomed the initiative of the Scottish Government to offer asylum to any Ugandan persecuted by their Government’s new Anti-Homosexuality Act.

STUC comment on the death of Professor Ailsa McKay

6th March 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.

Paying the Living Wage through Procurement

11th March 2014

Scottish Living Wage Campaign issues a briefing and supports key amendment to Procurement Reform Bill.

Bob Crow

11th March 2014

Reacting to the news of the death of Bob Crow, leader of the Rail Union, RMT, Grahame Smith, STUC General Secretary said: “Everyone at STUC is deeply saddened by the passing of Bob Crow. Since 2002, Bob led his union with courage and distinction and will be greatly missed, not just by his own members but by trade unionists across Scotland and the whole of Britain.

STUC calls for urgent review of Fatal Accident Inquiries after North Sea tragedy findings

13th March 2014

Following the publication of the findings from the Fatal Accident Inquiry into the deaths of 16 men in the Miller Helicopter tragedy in the North Sea on 1st April 2009 the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) has again called on the Scottish Government to review the Fatal Accident Inquiry system.

A long way to go until full labour market recovery argues STUC in 2014 Budget Submission

14th March 2014

Speaking as the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) published its 2014 Budget Submission, Grahame Smith, STUC General Secretary said: “Despite much stronger than anticipated GDP growth over the past year, many Scottish workers will struggle to reconcile talk of strong economic recovery with their day to day experience of the labour market.

STUC releases proposals for enhanced devolution

17th March 2014

Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary Grahame Smith said: “Through its ’A Just Scotland’ initiative, STUC continues to consider the key issues relating to the independence referendum. Whilst we have not come to a definitive view on recommending a Yes or No vote, it is increasingly clear that there is a strong case and strong public support for building on the current status quo (including the measures contained within the 2012 Scotland Act). Many of our members continue to support independence in preference to any other option and we intend to continue to reflect these views alongside making proposals for enhanced devolution in the case that the vote is for ‘No’ in September.

STUC on labour market statistics

19th March 2014

Commenting after the Office for National Statistics (ONS) had published the latest set of labour market statistics for Scotland, Grahame Smith, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary said:

STUC initial reaction to Budget 2014

19th March 2014

Speaking after the Chancellor gave his Budget Statement, Grahame Smith, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary said:

STUC General Secretary to address Catalan Trade Unions on Scotland’s Independence Referendum

28th March 2014

Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary, Grahame Smith will address a special conference organised by the Confederación Sindical de Comisiones Obreras (CCOO) of Catalunya on Monday 31 March 2014 to discuss the STUC ‘A Just Scotland" initiative and the Scottish Independence Referendum.

STUC provides evidence to the Economy Committee on Scotland’s Economic Future

2nd April 2014

Today the Scottish Trades union Congress (STUC) will provide further evidence to this important inquiry.

STUC on Margo MacDonald

4th April 2014

STUC on Margo MacDonald Grahame Smith Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary said:-

STUC on Scotland’s immediate Economic prospects

13th April 2014

Speaking ahead of STUC Congress 2014, Grahame Smith, STUC General Secretary stressed that the economic recovery has yet to translate into higher wages and greater job security. He said:

Heartbreaking Accounts from Bereaved Families and Survivors to Fuel Call at STUC Congress for a Safer Offshore Industry and Overhaul of Fatal Accident Inquiries

13th April 2014

As the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) gathers in Dundee the delegates will have the opportunity to hear from a family member who lost a loved one in the Super Puma tragedy on April 1st 2009 and a survivor of the helicopter ditching off Shetland in August last year.

STUC survey of young workers and school students reveals concerns about quality of work, stress at work and worries about the future.

13th April 2014

STUC survey of young workers and school students reveals concerns about quality of work, stress at work and worries about the future. At STUC Congress today (Monday 14th April), the STUC Youth Committee will reveal the preliminary results of an ongoing survey on young people’s experience of work.

Unite Reps at Lothian Buses pick up Inaugural STUC Organising Award

13th April 2014

Unite Reps at Lothian Buses pick up Inaugural STUC Organising Award Unite Representatives at Lothian Buses have picked up the inaugural Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) award for organising and promoting the benefits of strong trade unions in the workplace and the community.

STUC to release estimates of zero-hours contract employment in Scotland

13th April 2014

STUC to release estimates of zero-hours contract employment in Scotland On Monday 14th April, to coincide with its key debate on zero-hours and short-hours contracts, STUC will release a briefing on zero-hours indicating a sharp increase in such contracts from a significantly higher base than previously estimated.

Court Reform (Scotland) Bill - Civil Justice the preserve of the elite and wealthy?

14th April 2014

The Scottish Government is undertaking a major process of reform to the system which allows citizens access to civil justice. It is estimated that the bill in its current form will disproportionately affect 60% of individual workers pursuing cases in court actions, to the benefit of bad employers, big business and insurers, by denying them the right to be represented and have their cases heard by the sort of specialists who will defend cases for employers and insurers.

UCU Reps at Dundee University win the STUC Frank Maguire Award for Health and Safety

14th April 2014

The Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) has announced that the recipients of this year’s health and safety award are Dundee University - University and College Union (UCU) reps Marion Sporing and Ian Ellis.

Tesco Union Rep from Ayrshire wins STUC One Workplace Equality Award

14th April 2014

First Minister Alex Salmond will present this year’s Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) One Workplace Equality Award to recognise the role of Scottish trade union members in promoting equality in the workplace. (11:20 hrs, Tuesday 15th April 2014) at the STUC Annual Congress in Dundee

Modern Apprenticeship Toolkit Launched

14th April 2014

Scottish Union Learning will launch an updated Modern Apprenticeship Toolkit on Monday, 14 April 2014 during STUC Annual Congress in Dundee.

A Civil Injustice

15th April 2014

Workers, the protected class powering the economy…well so it was before the 1st October 2013. Then, overnight, the Westminster coalition extinguished, wthin s69 of the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013, long established protection afforded to workers injured in the course of their employment.

STUC Comment on First Minister’s visit to Congress

15th April 2014

Speaking after the First Minister’s STUC Congress speech where he answered questions from delegates, Grahame Smith, STUC General Secretary said:

Union Learning Rep Thaws Frozen Foods Employer in Uddingston through Learning

16th April 2014

The Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) has announced that the recipient of the 9th Annual STUC Helen Dowie Award for Lifelong Learning is Willie Brennan, a BFAWU Union Learning Representative at Dawnfresh Seafoods in Uddingston.

STUC response to Johann Lamont speech to STUC Congress

16th April 2014

Responding to the speech, and referendum question and answer session from Johann Lamont MSP at STUC Congress today, Grahame Smith Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary said:

STUC Labour Market and GDP Statistics

16th April 2014

Responding today’s Labour Market and GDP statistics Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary Grahame Smith said “Today’s figures include some more positive news on the Scottish labour market but confirm that recovery remains very slow. As some focus on the level it is important to stress that the employment rate – a significantly more accurate measure of the health of the labour market - remains fully 3.5% below its pre-recession peak.

STUC offers unequivocal support for Scottish Parliament Living Wage motion

23rd April 2014

Speaking ahead of today’s Scottish Labour Business debate in the Scottish Parliament, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary Grahame Smith said: “The STUC fully supports James Kelly’s motion which again makes clear that the Scottish Government has a golden opportunity to deliver fairness and equality through the Procurement Reform Bill but that it is currently failing to do so.

STUC sends solidarity as Scotland celebrates May Day with workers around the World

2nd May 2014

Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary Grahame Smith said: “We send solidarity to workers and their families across the world who are celebrating May Day.

Maryhill Community Gathers to Remember those Killed in Plastics Factory Tragedy

9th May 2014

The tenth anniversary of the deaths of nine workers in the ICL/Stockline tragedy will take place on Sunday, 11th May and the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) along with Gary Gentles from Community Central Hall, Patricia Ferguson MSP and Councillor Martin McElroy are supporting families affected and helping them develop plans for a commemoration that celebrates the lives of their loved ones.

STUC calls for 11th hour amendments to Procurement Bill

13th May 2014

Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary, Grahame Smith said. "Today's third reading of the Procurement Reform Bill provides a final opportunity to strengthen provisions on ethical procurement including the requirement on contractors to pay the living wage, to promote equality and introducing protections on blacklisting. The Scottish Government has been too cautious in its approach in areas such as preventing tax-dodging and meeting climate emission reductions through procurement.

STUC on Labour Market Statistics

14th May 2014

Commenting on the latest set of official labour market data published today, Grahame Smith, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary said: “There is much to welcome in today’s figures including another decent rise in employment and the fall in unemployment. The labour market recovery does appear to be strengthening.

3rd Annual STUC LGBT Conference calls for solidarity with LGBT people facing persecution throughout the Commonwealth

16th May 2014

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) trade union members from all over Scotland will gather in Stirling this weekend (Stirling Highland Hotel, Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th May) to debate a wide range of issues affecting LGBT people in the workplace and in Scottish Society.

STUC on Expert Working Group on Welfare - Second Report

4th June 2014

Responding to the report of the Expert Working Group on Welfare published today, Grahame Smith, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary said:

STUC publishes latest Labour Market Brief

10th June 2014

On the eve of publication of the latest official labour market statistics for Scotland, the STUC is releasing its latest assessment of current labour market trends. Grahame Smith, STUC General Secretary said:

STUC on labour market statistics

11th June 2014

Speaking on publication of the latest official labour market statistics for Scotland, Grahame Smith, STUC General Secretary said: “Today’s figures, which show that the steady improvement in the Scottish labour market is continuing, are welcome.

Trade Union members gather in Inverness to debate referendum

13th June 2014

Tomorrow (Saturday 14 June) trade union members from across the area will meet in Inverness for the STUC’s annual Highlands and Islands Conference. Representatives of the Yes and Better Together campaigns will address the conference and then engage in a panel debate responding to questions from the floor. The Conference will also discuss a range of issues including the current state of the highlands and islands economy and labour market and trade union organising priorities.

STUC responds to the First Minister’s launch of Reindustrialising Scotland

13th June 2014

Responding to the First Minister’s launch of the Scottish Government’s Reindustrialising Scotland report, Grahame Smith, STUC General Secretary said:

STUC on UK Government Zero-hours contracts announcement

25th June 2014

Commenting on the Government announcement on zero-hours contracts preventing employers from stipulating that their zero-hours staffs are only allowed to work for them, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) Assistant Secretary Ian Tasker said:

STUC statement on recent violence in Palestine.

2nd July 2014

Grahame Smith, STUC General Secretary said: "There can be no justification for the kidnap and murder of the three Israeli teenagers Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Shaar and Naftali Frankel including the fact that the killings took place in the illegally occupied West Bank, STUC has today conveyed our sympathy to the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities (SCoJeC) which is holding a memorial service this evening.

STUC supports UK-wide industrial action for decency, dignity and a stronger economy

10th July 2014

STUC General Secretary Grahame Smith said: “Early indications suggest a very solid turnout in Scotland by members of the Public and Civil Service Union and very strong support south of the border in the joint action being taken by 1.5 million public service workers, teachers and civil servants.

STUC on labour market and growth statistics

16th July 2014

Responding to the latest set of official labour market and GDP data for Scotland, Grahame Smith, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary said: “Today’s figures should force the Scottish and UK Governments to rethink their increasingly complacent views on the state of the Scottish labour market.

Trade Unions across Scotland are supporting Mandela Day: Friday 18th July 2014

16th July 2014

To celebrate Nelson Mandela International Day the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) and Action for Southern Africa Scotland (ACTSA) are asking people to donate children’s books to be sent to school libraries in Nelson Mandela’s home Province of Eastern Cape, with which Scotland has a particular link.

Fly the rainbow flag in solidarity with LGBT people across the Commonwealth

22nd July 2014

The Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) has organised a campaign encouraging Trade Unions, the Scottish Government and Councils across Scotland to fly the rainbow flag in solidarity with LGBT people across the Commonwealth.

STUC on Gaza crisis

30th July 2014

The STUC is outraged at the current crisis in Gaza deplores the current horrific loss of life taking place in Gaza; sends its sympathy and solidarity to all the victims, families and communities affected by this conflict; and condemns all actions which have been directed against civilians during these attacks, including the firing of rockets into Israel.

STUC on new labour market statistics

13th August 2014

Responding to the latest set of labour market statistics for Scotland published today, Grahame Smith, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary said: “Today’s figures confirm that the steady, if far from spectacular recovery, in the Scottish labour market continued during the three months to June. The unemployment rate fell very slightly while the small increase in the employment level wasn’t sufficient to improve the rate.

STUC welcomes the publication of the Working Together Review

13th August 2014

The Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) has welcomed the publication of the Working Together Review: Progressive workplace policies in Scotland and the potential for extending collective bargaining and for democratising workplaces and industry.

STUC on trade union and the referendum debate

8th September 2014

Speaking from the TUC Annual Congress in Liverpool in advance of the publication of the STUC's Final A Just Scotland Report on the Referendum, STUC General Secretary Grahame Smith said:

STUC launches final ‘A Just Scotland’ Report

10th September 2014

Speaking today on the launch of the STUC’s final A Just Scotland Report, Grahame Smith, STUC General Secretary said: “This report concludes a two year process in which STUC has consulted with members, debated within civil society and engaged with both campaigns and governments across the whole range of policy areas covered by the debate.

STUC on Labour Market Statistics

17th September 2014

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

STUC on Independence Referendum Result

19th September 2014

Commenting on the Independence Referendum Result, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary Grahame Smith said: “The Referendum was a triumph for democracy. The phenomenal turnout came on the back of months of discussion and debate in workplaces, in communities and within families. More trade unionists and their families registered and turned out to vote than ever before

STUC Youth Committee Statement on the result of the Scottish independence referendum

19th September 2014

Yesterday Scotland decided its future in the referendum on Scottish Independence. Scotland's Young People, Young Workers and Young Trade Unionists were very much part of this, many of whom went out and voted for the first time.

STUC on First Minister’s resignation

19th September 2014

Commenting on Alex Salmond’s decision to resign as First Minister, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary Grahame Smith said: ‘Alex Salmond has been a dominant figure in Scottish politics for over two decades. ‘Whatever you think of his politics you cannot deny his political achievements. The longest serving First Minister; the first party leader to secure a Scottish Parliament majority; delivering an Referendum on Independence and increasing popular support for it.

STUC on further powers for the Scottish Parliament

22nd September 2014

Commenting on the ongoing dispute between the three unionist parties on further powers for the Scottish Parliament, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary Grahame Smith said: “The perpetual squabbling between the politicians in the three unionist parties over their enhanced devolution proposals, how quickly they should be introduced and on what terms, shows that they have learned nothing from the recent referendum campaign.

STUC Black Workers’ Conference – Our Future in Scotland

3rd October 2014

18th STUC Black Workers’ Conference Saturday 4 / Sunday 5 October 2014 Westerwood Hotel, Cumbernauld

STUC on Scottish Government Budget

9th October 2014

Responding to the Scottish Government Budget today Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary, Grahame Smith, said “Today’s budget provides little relief for hard pressed public service workers who have seen their real terms income falling by thousands of pounds in recent years. STUC reiterates its support for the continuing Living Wage commitments within Public Sector pay policy but is very concerned about the squeeze on those on median pay of a little over £21,000 per year which is getting more and more painful every year. These real terms wage cuts are a disaster for our members and a disaster for the Scottish economy which desperately needs a boost in demand.

Decent Work Dignified Lives - STUC announces speaker line-up for major conference

10th October 2014

**Hilton Hotel Glasgow Wednesday 15th October 2014** What are the key policy interventions we need to tackle inequality through a fairer labour market and better welfare? And what powers should be devolved to increase the capacity of the Scottish Government to deliver?

STUC on Fair Work Convention

15th October 2014

Speaking at the STUC’s Decent Work, Dignified Lives conference after the First Minister had announced the establishment of a Fair Work Convention, Grahame Smith, STUC General Secretary said: “The STUC enthusiastically welcomes the First Minister’s announcement today. The establishment of a Scottish Fair Work Convention, a key recommendation of the Working Together Review, signals a new approach to fair pay and industrial relations in Scotland. The approach stands in stark contrast to the policies of the UK Government.

STUC CALLS FOR MORE HEALTH AND SAFETY ENFORCEMENT

29th October 2014

Following the release of the annual report on workplace injury and ill-health by the Health and Safety Executive the STUC has called for the Government to reverse it attacks on the HSE and provide resources for the enforcement agency to do its work without Government interference. Grahame Smith, STUC General Secretary said “It is clear from these statistics that the 40% funding cuts imposed by the coalition Government on HSE along with their unwarranted ideological attacks on workplace health and safety by the Government and certain sections of the media are having an impact in Scotland.

87TH ANNUAL STUC WOMEN’S CONFERENCE

30th October 2014

MONDAY/TUESDAY 3-4 NOVEMBER 2014 CONCERT HALL, PERTH The 2014 Annual Scottish TUC Women’s Conference will be held on Monday/Tuesday 3-4 November 2014, in the Concert Hall, Perth. With more delegates and visitors registered to attend than in previous years, the Conference will bring women together from many different employment sectors. Delegates from workplaces across Scotland will be speaking up for those most affected by austerity, and will be outlining many different campaigns on equality and social justice.

STUC publishes Smith Commission proposals

31st October 2014

Dave Moxham, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) Deputy General Secretary said: “Our submission to the Smith Commission challenges all sides to make compromises and put aside any thoughts of political advantage. “The referendum proved that many of those on both sides of the debate had an appetite for a fairer a society and an economy which empowers communities and working people.

STUC welcome’s Glasgow City Council decision on Scottish Defence League

5th November 2014

The Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) today welcomed Glasgow City Council’s statement that the Scottish Defence League (SDL) will not receive permission to march on the 29th November. The STUC in association with the Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights (CRER) has organised its annual St Andrew’s Day Anti-Racism March and Rally for this date, under the banner of ‘A future free from Racism’.

STUC comment as report confirms falling real wages

19th November 2014

Commenting following publication of the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings 2014 by the Office for National Statistics, Grahame Smith, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary, said: “Today’s report confirms that the median wage in Scotland fell yet again in real terms during the year to April 2014. If wages had kept pace with CPI inflation since 2009, the median worker in Scotland would now be earning £1705 more per year.

STUC Women’s Committee Marks UN International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

25th November 2014

To mark the UN International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women today (Tuesday 25 November) the STUC women’s Committee took part in events in the campaign to eliminate the violence and abuse faced by women and girls on a daily basis throughout the world. As part of the UN 16 Days of Action for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, RMT and UNITE members campaigned in Glasgow’s Central Station with the distribution of white ribbons and campaign leaflets highlighting the issues, and the Violence Against Women 365 poster exhibition, part of which is on display in the London Road headquarters of Community Safety Glasgow, opened.

STUC on Programme for Government

26th November 2014

Responding to the First Minister’s announcement of the Scottish Government’s Programme for Government, Grahame Smith, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary, said: “The STUC welcomes much of what the First Minister had to say in announcing her first Programme for Government in particular the decision to put ‘fair work and an inclusive jobs market’ at the heart of the Scottish Government’s economic programme for the year ahead.

STUC on Smith Commission Proposals

27th November 2014

Grahame Smith, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary said: “Whilst there are certainly positive elements in these proposals, we are underwhelmed by the package as a whole which does not meet our aspirations.

STUC 2014 St Andrew’s Day Charity Football tournament to support the Bhopal Medical Appeal

28th November 2014

Directly following the annual St Andrew's Day Anti-Racism March and Rally on Saturday (29th November) the STUC will hold a charity football tournament which brings together teams from a range of community groups- including refugees - and political parties. This match has a clear anti-racist message and will raise money for the Bhopal Medical Appeal.

STUC 2014 St Andrew’s Day March and Rally

28th November 2014

The Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) Annual St Andrews Day March and Rally takes place Saturday 29th November,

STUC on Autumn Statement

3rd December 2014

Responding to the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement and publication of the OBR’s Economic and Fiscal Outlook, Grahame Smith, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary said: “This was a low key statement that included almost nothing of significance that hadn’t already been widely trailed or previously announced. However it did confirm that the Chancellor continues to fail in his primary objective of cutting the deficit and none of the supply side measures announced today are likely to revive the Chancellor’s failed programme of economic rebalancing.

STUC on labour market statistics

17th December 2014

Commenting on the latest official labour market statistics for Scotland published today, Grahame Smith, STUC General Secretary said: “There is little to get excited about in today’s figures. Despite ‘another fall’ in unemployment, the unemployment rate reported today is actually higher than that reported in the June-August period. Employment also fell in the three months to October.

Scottish Trades Union Congress welcomes the release of the Miami Five

17th December 2014

Commenting on the news that the remaining three Cuban prisoners held in Miami have been released Grahame Smith STUC General Secretary said:

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