STUC on Public Sector Workforce Report

28th November 2013

Responding to today’s report on the public sector workforce, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary Grahame Smith said: “It comes as no surprise to us that Audit Scotland is reporting the loss of over 26,000 whole time equivalent jobs in Scotland, in reality the number of actual people affected is far higher. Neither is it a surprise that local government is particularly badly affected.

STUC on Independence White Paper

26th November 2013

Speaking after the Scottish Government had published its White Paper on independence, Grahame Smith, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary said: “The STUC welcomes publication of the White Paper and the ambition it reflects on key issues such as economic development and childcare.

Trade Unions launch major survey to mark International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

25th November 2013

Domestic violence may happen behind closed doors but it has far reaching consequences and is known to have an impact on the working lives of those living with an abusive partner. Today (25 November 2013), the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) along with the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC), is launching a survey to find out more about how domestic violence affect affects working life and the role that employers, colleagues, and union reps can play in supporting those experiencing domestic abuse.

STUC Welcomes Scottish Government Procurement Guidelines on Blacklisting as a contrast to UK Government approach on industrial relations

20th November 2013

The STUC has welcomed Scottish Government guidelines published today that clarify the circumstances under which public bodies can exclude or remove suppliers who have engaged in blacklisting to the detriment of the livelihoods of workers.

STUC General Secretary Grahame Smith on Coalition Government ‘Trade Union Inquiry’

19th November 2013

In a speech to be delivered at the 6th Annual Scottish Union Learning Conference at 10.50am, STUC General Secretary Grahame Smith will speak of the enormous positive contribution made by trade union learning reps to the success of businesses and the economy and criticise the UK Coalition Government’s approach to industrial relations.

STUC on labour Market Statistics

13th November 2013

Commenting on publication of the latest labour market statistics for Scotland, Grahame Smith, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary said: “Although there have been some minor fluctuations in the rate through 2013, unemployment in Scotland is stagnating at a high level. Along with the unprecedented continuing decline in real wages this fact should cause politicians at all levels to pause for reflection before commenting on the state of the labour market.

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