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STUC respond to Prime Minister’s speech on Brexit

17th January 2017

STUC respond to Prime Minister’s speech on Brexit Responding to Theresa May’s Speech on Brexit Grahame Smith, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary, said:

STUC on Labour Market Statistics

18th January 2017

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

Donald Trump’s Inauguration

19th January 2017

Donald Trump’s inauguration will take place on the 20 January 2017 and marks formally the beginning of his Presidency. The Trade Union movement in Scotland has concerns about the approach taken by President Trump in the election campaign. Some of the statements made during this campaign were simply racist or misogynist and his open mocking of a disabled journalist was one of the many instances when Donald Trump failed to conduct himself with the dignity and integrity that the Office of President of the United States of America demands.

STUC on the supreme court’s ruling on Article 50

24th January 2017

Responding to the supreme court’s ruling on the triggering of Article 50 Grahame Smith, STUC General Secretary, said:

STUC responds to UK Government on Brexit White Paper

25th January 2017

Responding to the Prime Minister's announcement that a white paper will be produced on Brexit, Grahame Smith, STUC General Secretary, said:

Scottish budget requires further amendment to meet threat to jobs and services

2nd February 2017

Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary Grahame Smith said: 'We acknowledge that there has been some movement towards redistribution and funding for local services, but not enough.

STUC on Brexit White Paper

2nd February 2017

Commenting on the White Paper on Brexit Grahame Smith, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary said:

STUC on Dungavel decision

3rd February 2017

Commenting on the Home Office’s decision to retain the Dungavel Removal Centre Grahame Smith, STUC General Secretary, said: “It is deeply disappointing that the Home Office has taken this decision. Dungavel has for too long been a symbol of all that is wrong in our immigration system and too many have suffered within its walls. Trade Unionists are clear that we must put an end to the use of detention. Our asylum system needs change at a fundamental level and continues to be riddled with issues around detention, unfair removals, improper questioning and destitution.

STUC on the Budget

8th March 2017

**Chancellor's tinkering with the economy will do nothing to improve security for workers** Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary Grahame Smith said: 'Scotland and the whole of the UK is facing serious insecurity and uncertainty. Workers, as ever are bearing the brunt. 'The chancellor needed to announce an investment led budget, an end to austerity and commit to improving job security.

STUC on Article 50

29th March 2017

Responding to the triggering of Article 50, Grahame Smith Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary said:

STUC on labour market statistics

12th April 2017

Commenting on the latest unemployment figures Grahame Smith Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary said:

STUC on General Election

18th April 2017

Commenting on the Prime Minister calling a snap general election, Grahame Smith, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary, said:

STUC Union Rep Awards to be presented by First Minister

22nd April 2017

The Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) has announced the recipients of the 2017 STUC Union Rep Awards, which will be presented by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon today (Monday, 24 April 2017) at STUC Annual Congress at 3:15 pm in Aviemore.

Brexit negotiations should include six point commitment to increase Scottish Parliament powers on workplace protections and migration

22nd April 2017

STUC General Secretary Grahame Smith said: ‘With a General Election looming it is vital that the trade union movement restates its position on Brexit and the protection of migrant workers. The STUC will continue to oppose hard Brexit and to campaign for free movement and the right of EU nationals living in Britain to remain in Britain.

EU workers have stronger voice in a union

22nd April 2017

The STUC has today (Monday 24 April 2017) launched a major initiative to give EU/EEA nationals working in Scotland a stronger voice on workplace issues, including organising more EU/EEA workers into trade union membership.

NUJ Members at Newsquest Herald & Times win STUC health and safety award

22nd April 2017

The Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) has announced that the recipient of this year’s STUC Frank Maguire Award for Health and Safety are members of the NUJ Chapel Committee at Newsquest Herald & Times.

STUC Union Learning Award Announced

22nd April 2017

The Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) has announced that the recipient of the 12th Annual STUC Helen Dowie Award for Lifelong Learning is Brian Ronald, a Unite Union Learning Rep at Rolls-Royce Inchinnan.

Unite North Sea reps win STUC Organising Award

22nd April 2017

The Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) has announced that the recipients of this year’s STUC Organising Award are the Unite Wood Group Shop Stewards working on Shell Contracts in the North Sea.

STUC Equality Award Winner 2017

22nd April 2017

The Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) has announced that the recipient of the 2017 STUC Equality Award is Sharon Sweeney, President of the University and College Union (UCU) Branch at the University of Dundee.

Trade unions place women’s voices centre stage

25th April 2017

Addressing STUC Congress this afternoon, Annette Drylie, Chair of the STUC Women’s Committee and the GMB Scotland Equalities Forum, will outline the impact of austerity in local government and on women in particular.

STUC General Council Statement on the General Election

26th April 2017

The Prime Minister has called this election, ostensibly to seek a mandate for her misguided hard Brexit strategy. Having previously ruled out the possibility of an election, and despite a commitment, entrenched in law, that the Parliament would run its full term until 2020, she has instigated a cynical and tactical U-turn. Her objective is transparently obvious - to take advantage of the current political climate to seek an increase in the Conservative’s Parliamentary majority and to free her Government from scrutiny over the difficult questions that will inevitably arise during the negotiations with the EU. The stage has been set for a single issue election, the narrow focus of which the Prime Minister believes will deliver her a comfortable victory.

STUC elects its first Black President

26th April 2017

At the 120th Congress in Aviemore the STUC elected Satnam Ner from Prospect trade union as President. Satnam Ner, a Radiochemistry Manager at Babcock International Group and a long serving member of the STUC Black Workers’ Committee and the General Council, will be the first Black President of the STUC.

Communities across Scotland mark International Workers’ Memorial Day

28th April 2017

Throughout Scotland communities will gather on Friday 28th April to remember those killed or who have suffered injury at work. International Workers’ Memorial Day provides an opportunity for trade unions to reinforce their commitment to campaigning for safer and healthier workplaces where workers are protected from harm and treated with fairness, dignity and respect.

Ongoing Industrial Action at the EHRC

19th May 2017

The Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) is concerned that eight staff at the Equality and Human Rights Commission were dismissed by email while taking industrial action around a restructure. Following campaigning by recognised unions in the EHRC, these staff were reinstated but are still prevented from attending work and are still facing redundancy at the end of their notice period. This action has been taken despite the existence of over 30 vacancies at the EHRC, and despite the EHRC having access to the wider Civil Service Vacancy Scheme.

STUC on General Election Result

9th June 2017

In response to the General Election result, Grahame Smith, General Secretary of the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) said: “Theresa May’s strategy in calling a snap election has spectacularly backfired. In just a few weeks, her arrogance and weak leadership has lost the Tory Party its Parliamentary majority, its austerity agenda has been soundly rejected, as has its systematic dismantling of our public services and its attacks on unions and on workers’ rights. Its hard Brexit strategy is in tatters. Her credibility is shot and she should go now

Dodgy deal lacks credibility and stability

9th June 2017

Speaking after the announcement that Theresa May had struck a deal with the DUP to maintain power, STUC General Secretary Grahame Smith said “Theresa May spent much of the election campaign attacking the so-called coalition of chaos. But it is her promise to deliver stability which is now in tatters.

STUC on Labour Market Statistics

14th June 2017

Commenting on the unemployment figures for Scotland Grahame Smith, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary said:

Scottish Trades Union Congress calls for the repeal of the Trade Union Act and improvements in workers’ rights to be a priority in Jeremy Corbyn’s Alternative Queen’s Speech.

20th June 2017

The Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) has called on Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn to make the repeal of the Trade Union Act and improvements in workers’ rights a priority in the Labour Party’s Alternative Queen’s Speech.

STUC: Queen’s speech devoid of measures to protect workers or increase the pay of hard pressed public service workers. Brexit squabbles will continue

21st June 2017

Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary Grahame Smith said: “The key message of the General Election was that whilst the Tories wanted to find a way to bury their Brexit squabbles, people across the UK wanted an alternative to austerity, protection for workers and more pay for dedicated public servants.

STUC on DUP – Conservative Pact

26th June 2017

Responding to the DUP- Conservative confidence and supply agreement, Grahame Smith, General Secretary of the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) said:

STUC on EU citizen’s rights

26th June 2017

Commenting on the announcements on EU citizen’s rights, Grahame Smith, General Secretary of the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) said:

Growing confidence among young trade workers on show at STUC youth conference

30th June 2017

STUC Youth Conference 2017 will take place in the context of a massive increase in activity among young workers. Surge in young peoples’ activity in politics is also being seen in the workplace. STUC Youth Committee Chair and PCS members Sarah Spencer said:

STUC on Scottish GDP figures

5th July 2017

Commenting on the Scottish GDP figures Grahame Smith, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC), General Secretary said: “While it is welcome that Scotland has not entered recession, there are still tough times ahead with no end in sight for workers who have been struggling for the last ten years. Austerity is simply not working and with inflation now rising living standards are once again beginning to fall.

STUC: Taylor Review is too weak to guarantee fair work

11th July 2017

Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary Grahame Smith said: “Whilst the Taylor Review has recognised and made recommendations to address some of the problems faced by precarious workers and those in the gig economy, it has not gone far enough to offer real hope.

Falls in unemployment welcome but quality of work still a concern

12th July 2017

Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary Grahame Smith says: “The continued falls in unemployment are welcome but this single measure should not be used to obscure a wider debate on how our labour market is functioning.

STUC welcomes landmark Employment tribunal fees decision; congratulates Unison on key victory

26th July 2017

Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary Grahame Smith said: “This landmark victory will ensure that access to employment justice is returned to thousands of workers and that those who were forced to pay for cases will now be reimbursed. It is a disgrace that many, many other workers have been denied justice over the past four years because fees dissuaded them from taking cases.

Wages still falling despite record low unemployment rates

16th August 2017

Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary Grahame Smith says: “With unemployment at record lows, you would expect wages to rise as workers grain greater bargaining power in the labour market. This clearly is not the case as real average weekly earnings have fallen across the UK by 0.5% in the 3 months to June 2017. Serious questions about the health of our labour market continue, which underlines the economic illiteracy of Government policies that hold down pay in the current economic context.

STUC predicts that unions will demand above inflation pay awards for all public service workers

4th September 2017

The average public service wage has fallen by over £3000 in real terms since the Great Crash. Workers will seek to recover their standard of living over the coming period

STUC welcomes aspects of programme for government

5th September 2017

*Calls for above cost of living pay awards for hard pressed public service workers* Responding to the Programme for Government, STUC General Secretary Grahame Smith said: “The First Minister has laid out some imaginative and progressive ideas for the next period. We welcome the announcement of additional funding for the NHS.”

With wages behind inflation, workers need a pay rise

13th September 2017

Commenting on the unemployment and wage statistics released today by the ONS, Grahame Smith, General Secretary of the Scottish Trades Union Congress, said:

STUC 21st Annual Black Workers’ Conference

6th October 2017

The Scottish Trades Union Congress 21st annual Black Workers’ Conference takes place this weekend (7th – 8th October 2017) in Clydebank, where the major issues affecting black workers in the labour market will be debated by around 60 delegates from affiliated trade unions across Scotland.

Public workers look to both governments to take action for fair pay

9th October 2017

Derek Mackay’s commitment to lifting the Scottish Government’s pay cap is an opportunity to make good on their promises to restore living standards for public workers in Scotland, that have declined dramatically over the last decade.

STUC response to First Minister speech to SNP conference

10th October 2017

Responding to the First Minister’s speech to SNP conference 2017, STUC General Secretary Grahame Smith said: “We will continue to unite with the Scottish Government to press the case for an end to Westminster austerity. The First Minister’s reference to ‘taxation for the general good’ further encourages us to press for the use of all mechanisms, including Scottish income tax-raising powers, to achieve the investment we need.

Continued rise in inflation will fuel workers determination to secure decent pay rises

17th October 2017

Commenting on today’s news that CPI inflation continues to rise and with RPI inflation at 3.9%, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary said Grahame Smith said:

Only workers’ collective power will reverse declining wages

18th October 2017

It is sobering news to see Scottish unemployment rise by 0.3% this quarter. While the general trend is for low unemployment, it is a reminder of the problems that still exist in the labour market in Scotland.

The Scottish Business Pledge must be saved from obscurity

20th October 2017

Speaking ahead of the Inclusive Growth event today in Glasgow, STUC General Secretary, Grahame Smith said:

STUC welcomes a conversation on tax but encourages a wider focus in the debate.

2nd November 2017

The Scottish Government today published an analysis of tax proposals of opposition parties and some tests for their own position. The Scottish Trades Union Congress welcomes the focus that the Government is now putting on tax, having urged the First Minister to do so earlier this year.

STUC on Interest Rates rise

2nd November 2017

Responding to the Bank of England announcement on interest rate rises, Grahame Smith, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary said: “We are disappointed at today’s decision.

STUC calls for higher wages in retail to underpin a fair tax system

6th November 2017

Responding to the Scottish Retail Consortium’s statement on the income tax debate, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary Grahame Smith said: ‘While the Scottish Retail Consortium peddles itself as the voice of low-earners, its associates pay wages that leave families struggling to afford the cost of living.

Battle for BiFab

14th November 2017

STUC calls on Scottish Trade Unionists to Support the BiFab Workers. GMB Scotland and Unite the Union have called a march and demonstration in Edinburgh on Thursday 16 November.

STUC on ONS Labour Market Report

15th November 2017

Commenting on the latest release from the ONS Grahame Smith, STUC General Secretary said: “The fall in employment with an increase in inactivity is just the latest disappointing figure to be released about our labour market. For too long positive headline economic data has been used by politicians to avoid dealing with the harsh realities of our economy. Hopefully today’s figures will help sharpen the Chancellor’s mind about the state of the labour market which is scarred with insecurity and low quality work. The impact of low quality work is having a negative effect, not just on workers, but the wider economy, as evidenced by the sharp rise in hospitality sector vacancies.

STUC on BiFab

16th November 2017

Commenting in advance of the BiFab Rally organised by the GMB and Unite unions and supported by the Scottish TUC at the Scottish Parliament today, STUC General Secretary, Grahame Smith, said:

14th Annual Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) Disabled Workers Conference

17th November 2017

The 14th Annual Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) Disabled Workers Conference will take place this weekend (18th & 19th November 2017) in Clydebank. Disabled workers from across Scotland will join together to discuss and debate issues affecting them both in the workplace and in wider Scottish society. Sharon Sweeney, from the UCU, who will chair the Conference said: ‘This annual conference is a reminder of the positive contribution that disabled people can make to our workplaces, our communities and the economy if the barriers we face are removed. We have a huge amount of skills and talents to offer – we must use our collective power to break down these barriers so that we can fully participate in and enjoy life.

STUC on the Budget

22nd November 2017

Responding to the Chancellor’s budget statement Grahame Smith STUC General Secretary said: “It is clear that the UK Government’s economic strategy lies in ruins. Austerity is a failed policy that is heaping undue misery on people across the UK. It is economic illiteracy in the extreme and yet the Chancellor has rejected another opportunity to change course.

STUC 2017 St Andrew’s Day Anti-Racism March and Rally

22nd November 2017

The Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) Annual St Andrew’s Day March and Rally takes place on Saturday 25th November. The theme of this year’s event is “No Racism: Educate, Agitate, Organise”. Trade unionists, community groups, religious groups, and campaigners will take to the streets of Glasgow to denounce racism and promote equality, fairness, and justice for all citizens of Scotland.

Ahead of budget Day rally at Scottish Parliament, STUC calls on all political parties to deliver a budget that best serves the interests of the people of Scotland

13th December 2017

The STUC has today (13 December 17) written to the leaders of all political parties in Scotland urging them to bring forward meaningful taxation and spending proposals to the budget debate, and deliver the additional revenue needed to fund the “first-class” public services that we all need and deserve.

Derek Mackay’s budget falls short of the commitment to our public workers and services that Scotland deserves

14th December 2017

Whilst worker pressure has at least achieved some incremental increase from the UK’s austerity approach, it is not acceptable that so many public service workers, including teachers, fire fighters and many nurses, should face further pay cuts.

The STUC celebrates a new decade of learning opportunities with The Open University for 580,000 Scottish workers

14th December 2017

The Scottish TUC and The Open University in Scotland celebrate 10 years of partnership at the Scottish Trades Union Centre in Glasgow.

Volunteer Scotland disavows Underbelly bogus 'volunteer' posts

15th December 2017

Following a request from the STUC, Volunteer Scotland has removed from its website an advertisement for over 300 unpaid roles, which include supervisory and managerial posts, to staff the official Edinburgh Hogmanay 18 event.

STUC on the Scottish Budget - Bite Sized Briefing

18th December 2017

The STUC's response to the Scottish Draft Budget.

STUC raises serious concerns over the Draft Scottish Budget

18th December 2017

The STUC has written to the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Constitution today (18th December), to raise a number of serious questions around the proposals on public sector pay and the reductions in non-domestic business rates.

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