Women's rights are human rights: Six ways @ScotGov can go 'further, faster' in tackling gender inequality
Human rights report to UN says more action is needed on women’s rights in Scotland
A NEW report by the Scottish Human Rights Commission (SHRC) has called on the Scottish and UK governments to take action to protect women’s economic, social and political rights.
50 civil society groups challenge IMF to abandon austerity and to fight inequality
Ahead of the IMF’s conditionality review, trade unions, think tanks and anti-poverty campaigners call for a new approach that prioritises human rights and sustainable development
OVER 50 civil society organisations, prominent academics, economists, global networks, anti-poverty campaigners and women’s groups have issued a joint call for the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to dramatically rethink a lending policy that has demanded austerity, held down wages, undermined labour movements and threatened human rights.
Going backwards: How UK living standards have gone into reverse 10 years after the recession
CommonSpace analyses a new report by Joseph Rowntree Foundation on the Minimum Income Standard, an assessment of what is needed to have an acceptable minimum standard of living in the UK
ARE things getting better? The Joseph Rowntree Foundation has published a report on minimum income standards from 2008-2018, and it shows that for those at the bottom and middle of the income pile seeking to have enough to live a decent life, the situation is no better than 10 years ago when the Great Recession began, and in many ways worse.
With workplace stress at a 16 year high, UNISON demands a new mental health strategy to tackle the effects of austerity
Union activists argue that years of austerity have led to a widespread worsening of poor mental health
WITH work-related stress at its highest rate in 16 years, the trade union UNISON has called for a new strategy to combat mental health issues in the workplace caused by the pressures of increasing workloads and UK Government austerity cuts.
RBS accused of committing a “fraud on the people” over LOBO loans at AGM
Campaigners call on local authorities, including Edinburgh City Council, to take action against the loans and ensure hundreds of millions are saved for local taxpayers
RBS has been accused of committing a “fraud over the people” and seeking to extract the “maximum interest possible” from local authorities struggling with austerity cuts due to the role the bank places in LOBO loans.
STUC criticises lack of trade union involvement in Growth Commission
Parts of the Growth Commission report send “a worrying signal” to workers, the STUC general secretary has said
THE GROWTH COMMISSION REPORT published last week by the SNP has been criticised by the Scottish Trade Union Congress (STUC) for the lack of involvement by trade unions during its preparation.
Could trade unions have the answer to poor mental health?
STUC members spoke to CommonSpace about collective responses to mental health ahead of their event exploring the issue
AS MENTAL HEALTH Awareness Week (14-20 May) generates discussion about the stigma associated with mental health issues, the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) is calling for greater attention to the structural causes and collective solutions to poor mental health.
The STUC equality committees will host a day of discussions, workshops and information sessions on Saturday 19 May, based around the idea that ‘We’re All in This Together’.
UK welfare policy is pushing Scots into poverty: What can the Scottish Govt do to alleviate the suffering?
Scotland’s social security powers are limited, but experts argue there are actions which could be taken to address food poverty
EXPERTS AND campaigners have pointed to answers within the grasp of the Scottish Government which could help turn the tide on rising poverty figures amid Tory cuts to social security and the roll-out of the widely criticised Universal Credit.
Dr Craig Dalzell: The surge in food poverty must be stopped - here's some ideas for creating food security
Common Weal head of policy & research Dr Craig Dalzell argues that the surge in foodbank usage is a problem that requires a broad range of policy solutions – one of which is a new approach to food
THE recent reports that foodbank use in Scotland and the UK has risen again and has done so especially in areas where Universal Credit has rolled out is shocking but not altogether surprising; campaigners have been warning about this impact since the early planning stages of Universal Credit.