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:

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.

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 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.

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 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.

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:

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.

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:

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.

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