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Economic ‘mountain to climb’ to be Fair Work Nation says STUC

The latest labour market figures for Scotland show the Scottish Government have a ‘mountain to climb’ if they are to be a Fair Work Nation by 2025 according to Scotland’s leading trade union body.

The STUC has highlighted the “serious challenges” ahead for the new First Minister as the Office for National Statistics revealed that between December-February 2024 and January-March 2024, employment fell by 1.1%, unemployment increased by 0.4% and economic activity increased by 0.8%.

The trade union body did welcome a significant fall in zero-hour contracts over that period but warned more than 70,000 workers in Scotland remain on them.  There was also a fall in full-time workers, a rise in part-time workers and a rise in temporary workers with figures showing 136,000 temporary workers in Scotland in the last quarter of 2023. Meanwhile, PAYE data also shows that earnings in Scotland fell in April 2024.

General Secretary's newspaper columns

Failure to devolve power casts a shadow over Holyrood The Herald, 20th May

Trade unions will work with FM to help end policy failure The National, 18th May

Workers have had enough of nice ideas from the SNP The Herald, 13th May

Scottish and UK governments must not let Grangemouth refinery die The Herald, 6th May

I predict new era of cooperation between Labour and SNP The Herald, 22nd April

Scotland's support for Palestinians IS making a difference The National, 20th April

Strike action works and we make no apologies for it The Herald, 15th April

Sunak's Freeports are called Greenports here but there's no difference The Herald, 8th April

Mandelson has pushed Labour to ‘soften’ New Deal for Working People The Herald, 1st April

Miners' strike taught us justice is not achieved through asking nicely The Herald, 18th March

Anas Sarwar's Scottish Labour plans tax cuts for middle earners The Herald, 26th February

Highland workers need action, not more rhetoric The Herald, 2nd February

Grangemouth Refinery closure must be halted The Herald, 24th November

King’s Speech proved how badly we need an election The National 15th November

We march against fascism. Would Braverman want to ban us too? Herald 14th November

We should be furious that workers were thrown to wolves during Covid The National 27th October

SNP Can't blame Labour deluge on the weather The National 14th October

Why we must fight for the future of further education Herald 13th October

The attack on Unison's Johanna Baxter is nonsense - here's why The National 29th September

Labour must commit to the devolution of employment law Herald 29th September

Why we must have a wholesale revolution on social care Herald 12th September

Roz Foyer: First Minister says he ‘isn’t afraid to pick a side’ – so do it The National 9th September

It's time to pay women fairly. Let the bosses pay the bill The National 1st September

Politicians beware: the people are not prepared to lie down any longer Herald 18th August

Strikes in Scotland seem endless? Well the workers are fed up too The National 12th August

It's time we took back control of our buses The National 4th August

Two-child benefit cap: Dismay over lack of vision from Labour Herald 21st July

When it comes to care, we must put people before profit Herald 12th July 2023

What can we say about Humza Yousaf's record after 100 days in the job? The National 8th July 2023

Profiteering is driving up costs and they want you to take the blame. Herald 5th July 2023

We have a real chance to deliver fairness for workers. Let's take it. Herald 10th June 2023

Never forget Pride is a protest as well as a celebration The National 10th June 2023

The Yes campaign may have stalled but people still want change Herald 6th June 2023

Forget the coronation, profit is king in the UK The National 13th May 2023

The First Minister must stay firm on free school meals Herald 8th May 2023

What are the politicians going to do to rescue our democracy? Herald 13th April 2023

First Minister Humza Yousaf must work with trade unions to succeed The National 8th April 2023

Next first minister must show same respect to unions The National 21st March

Government has turbocharged our resolve on workers' rights The National 31st January

 

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