Swinney right to drop local income tax plan

11th February 2009

Commenting after the SNP Government dropped its local income tax policy, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary, Grahame Smith said:

STUC launches policy paper series with call for step change in occupational health provision

11th February 2009

The Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) today (Wednesday, 11 February) published the first in a series of policy papers aimed at meeting the challenges of the current recession in the short, medium and long term.

STUC on labour market statistics

11th February 2009

Commenting on today’s labour market statistics which show a rise in unemployment of 11,000 in the three months to December 2008, Grahame Smith, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary said:

STUC housing lobby: the start of a campaign for a massive house building programme in the council and housing authority sector

11th February 2009

Housing workers and tenants groups will today (Thursday 12 February) lobby the Scottish Parliament calling for a significant increase in house building in Scotland.

STUC Statement on Bashir Ahmad

9th February 2009

Speaking today STUC General Secretary Grahame Smith said “The STUC was saddened to learn of the untimely death of Bashir Ahmad MSP, and we send our deepest condolences to Mr Ahmad’s family. The election of Mr Ahmad to the Scottish Parliament in 2007, as the first Black MSP, marked an important milestone, and he will be a significant loss to our Parliament”.

STUC on Interest Rates decision

5th February 2009

Commenting on the MPC’s decision to cut interest rates by half a point to 1%, Grahame Smith, STUC General Secretary, said:

STUC and Scottish Parliament Economy, Enterprise and Tourism Committee Joint Seminar: Economic and Social Models in Ireland, Norway and Sweden – a trade union perspective

5th February 2009

On Tuesday 10 February the STUC and the Parliament’s Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee will hold a joint seminar, Economic and Social Models in Ireland, Norway and Sweden – a trade union perspective, in the Scottish Parliament.

STUC on Scottish Budget deal

4th February 2009

Commenting on news that Labour and the Lib Dems had reached agreement with the Scottish Government on the Scottish Budget, Grahame Smith, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary said:

STUC on Energy Workers’ Strike Action

2nd February 2009

Commenting on the wave of unofficial strikes in response to the situation at Lindsey Oil Refinery in North Lincolnshire Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary, Grahame Smith, said:

STUC on Guardian Tax Avoidance Expose

2nd February 2009

Commenting on the Guardian’s investigation into secret corporate tax avoidance schemes, estimated to be costing the UK around £10bn a year Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary, Grahame Smith said:

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