2014 STUC 117th Annual conference in Dundee - Reports & Links. Photograph 'From the past - a Dundee march'

2014 STUC 117th Annual conference in Dundee - Reports & Links. Photograph 'From the past - a Dundee march'

A union leader has claimed the economic recovery has yet to translate into higher wages and greater job security. Speaking ahead of the start of the 2014 congress in Dundee, Grahame Smith, General Secretary of the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC), says that the economic recovery has yet to translate into higher wages and greater job security. “On an almost daily basis Government is releasing good news stories on the economy that simply can’t be reconciled with the real-life experiences of the vast majority of Scotland’s citizens. Workers have experienced a collapse in real wages unprecedented in modern times while job security has crashed. People in and out of work have to cope with a deliberate and sustained attack on their living standards.”
Dundee Courier

Delegates at the opening session condemned the continuing attack on workers’ rights and trade union freedoms. It was “a litmus test” for government at all levels, STUC Vice-President June Minnery said. “Either they seek to support an agenda for collective bargaining or they cease with the platitudes about inequality, low wages and decent work.”
Opening session

Trade Unionists for Yes enjoyed a busy first day yesterday. They have been finding that the Labour movement is full of Yes voters at all levels. Unite and STUC Youth Committee member Sukhi Sangha said that “independence presents an opportunity for trade unionists to stamp our vision and our interests onto a new Scotland”.
Busy time for Trade Unionists for Yes

A Labour Party chairman has declared his support for Scottish independence. Mike Dyer, Glasgow Anniesland constituency chairman, revealed his backing for a “Yes” vote, citing the “relentless negativity” of the No campaign as a key motivating factor in his decision.
Short YouTube clip
Referendum news

Bob Crow, long-time general secretary of transport union RMT, passed away last month at the age of 52 after a suspected heart attack, while former Labour minister and tireless anti-war and anti-austerity campaigner Tony Benn died just days later, age 88.
Two giants of our movement

First Minister’s visit to Congress
Speaking after the Alex Salmond’s Congress speech where he answered questions from delegates, Grahame Smith said: “The First Minister gave a strong performance in answering questions from delegates on a range of key issues for Scotland’s trade unions. Many civil servants in Scotland currently employed by the reserved public sector will particularly welcome his guarantee of employment security post-independence. His clarification on the Scottish Government’s support for the East Coast Mainline remaining under public ownership was also appreciated."

A Civil Injustice
Overnight, the Westminster coalition extinguished, within section 69 of the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013, long established protection afforded to workers injured in the course of their employment.
Frances O’Grady speech

Support pledged for Palestinian people in the International Year of Solidarity.
Congress condemned the human suffering in Palestine as a result of Israeli segregation and backed Aberdeen Trades Union Council's call to mark International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People in 2014 by calling on the Scottish Government to include the recent history of the Palestinian people in the school curriculum and to look into producing a booklet to increase awareness of 'Boycott, Disinvestment and Sanctions'. Michelle Brady slammed the treatment of the Palestinian people by the Israeli occupation in the West Bank and the blockade of Gaza.

Offshore safety
The Crown Office ruled out a prosecution on the grounds of insufficient evidence. Speakers at a fringe meeting said tougher regulation of offshore industry helicopters is not just about health and safety but is about saving people’s lives. They pleaded for meaningful action and condemned politicians and industry representatives for speaking about the price of oil, but not about the cost.
Father of Super Puma helicopter crash victim tells conference of his devastation

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2014 STUC 117th Annual conference in Dundee - Reports & Links. Photograph 'From the past - a Dundee march'

2014 STUC 117th Annual conference in Dundee - Reports & Links. Photograph 'From the past - a Dundee march'

A union leader has claimed the economic recovery has yet to translate into higher wages and greater job security. Speaking ahead of the start of the 2014 congress in Dundee, Grahame Smith, General Secretary of the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC), says that the economic recovery has yet to translate into higher wages and greater job security. “On an almost daily basis Government is releasing good news stories on the economy that simply can’t be reconciled with the real-life experiences of the vast majority of Scotland’s citizens. Workers have experienced a collapse in real wages unprecedented in modern times while job security has crashed. People in and out of work have to cope with a deliberate and sustained attack on their living standards.”
Dundee Courier

Delegates at the opening session condemned the continuing attack on workers’ rights and trade union freedoms. It was “a litmus test” for government at all levels, STUC Vice-President June Minnery said. “Either they seek to support an agenda for collective bargaining or they cease with the platitudes about inequality, low wages and decent work.”
Opening session

Trade Unionists for Yes enjoyed a busy first day yesterday. They have been finding that the Labour movement is full of Yes voters at all levels. Unite and STUC Youth Committee member Sukhi Sangha said that “independence presents an opportunity for trade unionists to stamp our vision and our interests onto a new Scotland”.
Busy time for Trade Unionists for Yes

A Labour Party chairman has declared his support for Scottish independence. Mike Dyer, Glasgow Anniesland constituency chairman, revealed his backing for a “Yes” vote, citing the “relentless negativity” of the No campaign as a key motivating factor in his decision.
Short YouTube clip
Referendum news

Bob Crow, long-time general secretary of transport union RMT, passed away last month at the age of 52 after a suspected heart attack, while former Labour minister and tireless anti-war and anti-austerity campaigner Tony Benn died just days later, age 88.
Two giants of our movement

First Minister’s visit to Congress
Speaking after the Alex Salmond’s Congress speech where he answered questions from delegates, Grahame Smith said: “The First Minister gave a strong performance in answering questions from delegates on a range of key issues for Scotland’s trade unions. Many civil servants in Scotland currently employed by the reserved public sector will particularly welcome his guarantee of employment security post-independence. His clarification on the Scottish Government’s support for the East Coast Mainline remaining under public ownership was also appreciated."

A Civil Injustice
Overnight, the Westminster coalition extinguished, within section 69 of the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013, long established protection afforded to workers injured in the course of their employment.
Frances O’Grady speech

Support pledged for Palestinian people in the International Year of Solidarity.
Congress condemned the human suffering in Palestine as a result of Israeli segregation and backed Aberdeen Trades Union Council's call to mark International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People in 2014 by calling on the Scottish Government to include the recent history of the Palestinian people in the school curriculum and to look into producing a booklet to increase awareness of 'Boycott, Disinvestment and Sanctions'. Michelle Brady slammed the treatment of the Palestinian people by the Israeli occupation in the West Bank and the blockade of Gaza.

Offshore safety
The Crown Office ruled out a prosecution on the grounds of insufficient evidence. Speakers at a fringe meeting said tougher regulation of offshore industry helicopters is not just about health and safety but is about saving people’s lives. They pleaded for meaningful action and condemned politicians and industry representatives for speaking about the price of oil, but not about the cost.
Father of Super Puma helicopter crash victim tells conference of his devastation

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www.stuc.org.uk
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