Pam Currie: We fought and won equal pay - now we won't accept being devalued
Pam Currie, EIS Fela President and lecturer at Glasgow Kelvin College, makes the case for the college lecturers as she explains why they were on strike today
FE LECTURERS across Scotland joined picket lines and took to the streets today [16 January] in pursuit of a cost of living pay rise. Strike action is not something that any trade unionist takes lightly, and for Scotland’s 5,000 FE lecturers, this was the third period of industrial action in three years.
Richie Venton: Tory workers' rights reforms are an admission of guilt, but not repentance
Richie Venton, Scottish trade union activist on the UK executive of Usdaw, takes a look at the UK Government’s new workplace rights reform plans – and proposes alternatives in their place
WHEN is a radical new package of workers' rights nothing of the kind? When it's announced by a besieged Tory government, increasingly bombarded by public anger at the horrendous insecurity of jobs and workplace rights in Britain.
Scottish trade unionists say UK Govt workers' rights reforms go nowhere near far enough
Legislation includes the right of workers to “request a more predictable and stable contract”, a proposal which the TUC has said is toothless
THE UK Government has introduced legislation which they say is the largest upgrade in workers’ rights in a generation, but Scottish trade union representatives have slammed it as going nowhere near far enough.
Richie Venton: Why a guaranteed 16 hour minimum working week is a demand worth fighting for
Richie Venton, UK executive of the Usdaw shop workers’ union and Scottish trade union activist, explains why the TUC is poised to back a guaranteed minimum 16-hour working week at its Congress this weekend, a policy which – Venton argues – could have radical implications for work in the UK’s precarious labour market
THE ground-breaking, radical new idea of a guaranteed minimum 16-hour working week is poised to be adopted by the entire trade union movement.