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STUC 2009 Special
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AS THEY HAPPENED
Euro candidates must restore workers’
rights: UNISON Scotland launches manifesto for Euro elections
on 4 June
UNISON Scotland has called on
Euro election candidates to back campaigns to overturn negative
European legal rulings and restore the human rights of working
people, following backing from the Scottish TUC in Perth
Standing up to the politics of hate
The BNP has set its sight on winning at
least one seat in the European parliament. UNISON is campaigning
to make sure that does not happen..
STUC: Budget reveals damage to economy
done by greed
Dave Prentis and Matt Smith respond to
the Budget: Matt slams tax dodges by the rich that starve
STUC: Campaign for quality social care
services: People protected every day due to social work
The Scottish TUC was told that a combination
of increasing demand and cuts in social care funding threaten
further tragedies as it backed a campaign to demand quality
services in Scotland.
STUC: Glasgow outsourcing tax scam
removes democratic control and attacks fair pay
UNISON has condemned Glasgow council’s
increasing reliance on outsourced trusts and Limited Liability
Partnerships (LLPs) to deliver public services.
STUC: Scottish Government must stop
wrecking bargaining in non-departmental bodies
The STUC backed UNISON's call for a review
of Scottish Government pay policy to allow real collective
bargaining in Non- Departmental Public Bodies.
STUC: Level pensions up - not down
The STUC called on the government to restore
the earnings or prices link, ensure the pension is universal
and is raised above the poverty level. It also condemned
attacks on occupational pensions.
STUC: Put needs of trafficked women
and children first
Congress strongly condemned the trafficking
of women and children for sexual and other exploitation
and pledged action to tackle this scourge and ensure that
victims are supported, traffickers are prosecuted and those
buying sex are penalised. .
Four national objectives define framework
for how UNISON works in Scotland
Kate Ramsden (Communications & Campaigns) looks at UNISON
Scotland's priorities for this year, who leads on them and
how they are implemented. .
The STUC in brief
Congress puts the environment top of the
agenda in the workplace: Anti -union laws must be challenged
across the UK: Campaign to recruit more black members: Workplace
learning should be there for all: Make the 'two ticks' scheme
work for disabled people: Human rights for Gypsy Travellers:
Court plans are 'barrier to justice' for workers: Glasgow
Community Service Strike:
Review brings Campaign for Fair Pay
in Local Government
UNISON Scotland will launcha "Fair Pay
in Local Government Campaign" based on the lessons learned
from the review of last year's pay dispute.
Aberdeen Forensic Lab to stay after
Staff working for Aberdeen's Forensic Lab
have received an email, telling them that the lab was staying
open, with a guarded apology for the fact that the consultation
process that the SPSA engaged in was not based on evidence
End parking charges in the NHS
The STUC pledged to continue the campaign
for safe, adequate and affordable car parking at NHS hospitals.
UNISON first pathway for migrant workers
launched in Glasgow
March saw the first Pathway into UNISON
course in the UK set up for migrants in Glasgow.
Scottish court victory features in
new equal pay campaign
UNISON's court victory against fees and
charges sought by "no win, no fee" solicitors who process
equal pay cases, is to feature in a new UNISON campaign.
STUC: Balanced energy policy needed
The STUC again threw its weight behind
a balanced energy strategy, based on a diversity of fuel
sources from renewables to nuclear power, to ensure a secure
and affordable supply of energy which contributes to a reduction
STUC: Action to tackle self harm and
suicide in young people
Suicide and self-harm could potentially
affect everyone in some form at some point, Carrie Millugan
explained. "We need to demand that employers introduce effective
strategies in the workplace”.
UNISON backs Highland Pride ball success
UNISON’s timely intervention to sponsor
the first ever Highland Pride ball has led to increased
recruitment, and new links with the media and other campaigning
STUC calls for boycott of Israeli
goods, disinvestment and sanctions
A packed STUC fringe meeting heard a range
of Palestinian speakers call on the Scottish Trade Union
movement to support boycott, disinvestment and sanctions
(BDS) on the Israeli state.
STUC: Palestine and Israel visit sees
real life under occupation
Eleven senior Scottish trade unionists
visited their opposite numbers in the Israeli Histadrut
trade union centre and the Palestinian General Federation
of Trade Unions, in early March.