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UNISON Scotland Auschwitz tour to remember Holocaust heroine

UNISON activists are embarking on a study tour to Auschwitz on Wednesday (25 April) to raise awareness of the atrocities of the Holocaust and also to honour Jane Haining – the only Scottish woman known to have died in the concentration camp. The tour – which will be undertaken by UNISON representatives from across Scotland […]

Time for UK to condemn Turkey’s terrorism against the Kurds

#stuc2018 Congress backed UNISON’s emergency motion and condemned the invasion of Afrin in Syria by Turkey and assorted militias, including former Al-Qaida and ISIS fighters. It will press the UK Government to cease arms sales to Turkey whilst they continue to attack Kurdish communities in Syria, and to raise with Turkey the need to withdraw from […]

Statement on pension funds and climate change

UNISON Scotland’s Motion 11 on Pension Funds and Climate Change led to some debate throughout the STUC Congress due to misunderstandings of the principles underpinning the motion. As a result, UNISON Scotland withdrew its motion in favour of a General Council statement delivered by Mike Kirby, UNISON Scottish Secretary, and this is printed below. “This […]

We must learn lessons from Grenfell and end cuts to fire safety

The STUC has backed a call for the Scottish Government to listen to firefighters’ concerns about the effects of cuts on fire safety by committing to long term investment that addresses shortages in firefighter and fire safety posts. The motion from the Fire Brigades Union, and Edinburgh and Inverness TUCs, called for lessons to be […]

Trade unions take lead in BDS to defend Palestinian rights

Congress expressed condemnation of Israel’s attack on human rights and reaffirmed its support for the people of Palestine in their fight for justice and confirmed the STUC’s support for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS). Delegates backed action to lobby governments at Westminster and Holyrood to end the widespread and systematic human rights violations suffered by […]

Congress condemns attacks on university pensions

#stuc2018 Congress condemned proposals by university principals and Universities UK to attack the Universities’ Superannuation Scheme (USS) and withdraw the defined benefit aspect of the scheme, replacing it with defined contributions. Delegates congratulated the UCU on their successful strike action and heard that this has forced the employers to establish a joint committee of experts […]

Education must be properly funded to play its part in tackling poverty

Education systems can help mitigate the impact of poverty, but only if they are properly designed and resourced, the STUC Congress was told today. Delegates voted to back a call from the EIS and UNISON for the pupil equity funding to be part of a permanent national funding formula. Seconding the motion, UNISON’s Carol Ball […]

Government must engage with unions on new regulatory body for education

#stuc2018 Congress called for the Scottish Government to set aside its proposals in the Education Bill, for an Education Workforce Council, that would see the dissolution of the existing regulatory bodies – the General Teaching Council, and the Community Learning and Development Standards Council for Scotland, whilst they engage properly with education unions on appropriate […]

Government must fund resources for children with additional support needs

The STUC will call on the Scottish Government to provide the funding to properly meet the legal requirement to support children with additional support needs. It will also call on the government and employers to provide all education professionals with appropriate training to ensure that they meet the needs of pupils with additional support needs. […]

Unions have key role in tackling obesity and promoting food for good

#stuc2018 Congress threw its weight behind the British Dietetic Association’s call for unions to be actively involved in tackling obesity in Scotland. It will press the Scottish government to take steps to reverse Scotland’s terrible record on obesity with the knock-on implications for physical and emotional health, as part of their “A Healthier Scotland” consultation. […]