Category Archives: STUC 2017

STUC backs WASPI campaign against pension cuts for millions of women

#stuc2017 The STUC has backed a campaign against Government pension cuts that have left millions of women’s retirement plans in chaos. It will demand the government provides a full package of transitional arrangements for all women born on or after 6th April 1951 who have ‘unfairly borne the burden of the increase to the State […]

STUC will campaign to end the public sector pay cap

#stuc2017 Congress slammed the Scottish Government’s failure to use devolved powers over public sector pay policy to protect their own workforce from Tory austerity cuts. The STUC will mount a high profile campaign across affiliates in the public sector to end the1% public sector pay cap, including a public sector seminar to explore a co-ordinated […]

Trade unions urged to support activists acting within BDS policy

#stuc2017 Congress agreed to remit Aberdeen Trade Union Council’s two motions on Palestine in favour of a robust General Council statement reinforcing the STUC’s support for the Palestinian people and for the campaign of boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) The statement pledged to encourage affiliates with BDS policies to support members through financial, legal and […]

Public sector reform must involve staff and service users

#stuc2017 The STUC has backed UNISON Scotland depute convener Stephen Smellie’s call for a public service reform agenda based on the Christie Commission report principles of integrated service delivery with staff and citizen engagement based on local democracy, not centralisation. The UNISON Scotland motion noted that, all too often, cuts in funding were the driver […]

Action needed now on gender pay gap

#stuc2017 Research by the University and College Union has revealed that four Scottish universities – Aberdeen, Glasgow, St Andrews and UHI – were amongst the worst in the UK for paying women employees less than their male counterparts – with the average shortfall across the UK standing at £6,103. STUC delegates voted to support unions […]

Scottish Government must invest in whole Scottish Fire and Rescue team

#stuc2017 The STUC will lobby the Scottish Government for proper funding for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service to provide a high quality service, as promised by the Scottish Government when the single Fire and Rescue Service was introduced. The FBU motion was amended by UNISON to make it clear that ALL those who deliver […]

Emergency fire controls mergers or outsourcing a ‘no go!’

#stuc2017 The STUC will oppose any attempts by the Scottish Government to outsource emergency fire control rooms or to merge them with other emergency services. Seconding the FBU motion, UNISON’s George McIrvine told delegates that UNISON Scotland is surprised that even the thought of ‘closer working’ between each of the police, fire and ambulance emergency […]

Closing the attainment gap needs action not warm words

#stuc2017 Congress pledged to continue campaigning for proper funding for all areas of education, from early years to adult education to tackle the attainment gap. It recognised the key role of further education in widening access to higher education and will lobby the Scottish Government on college cuts and decreasing student places. Supporting the composited […]

If government serious about attainment and reducing inequality, it needs to stop cuts

#stuc2017 STUC delegates heard of the real experience of education staff on the front line as they voted to campaign against cuts in education and expose the impact on tackling child poverty and inequality. Backing a NASUWT motion, UNISON’s Carol Ball told delegates about UNISON Scotland’s Hard Lessons survey of members working in schools last […]

Hate crime has no place in schools, colleges or society at large

#stuc2017 The STUC will act to tackle racial and religious prejudice and bigotry in schools colleges and society. It will press the Scottish Government, local authorities and colleges to introduce mechanisms to monitor incidents of hate crimes and will lobby for full compliance with the Public Sector Equality Duty. Supporting the motion, UNISON’s Brenda Aitchison […]