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.

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 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.

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 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.”

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

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 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.

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.

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