Unions slam Glasgow City Council for ‘breaking promises on equal pay’
Unison and GMB warn of industrial action if council fails to work with claimants on settlement
GLASGOW CITY Council has been accused of breaking its promise to negotiate a settlement of equal play claims put forward by over 7,000 predominantly low-paid women.
The council agreed in January to settle the dispute without legal challenge after a ruling confirmed that pay structures put in place in 2006 were discriminatory.
Scottish ambulance staff to receive pay increase after talks
Three-year negotiations resolved after job description is updated and agreed
SCOTTISH ambulance staff have won a pay upgrade after three years of negotiations.
The Scottish Ambulance Service (SAS) has agreed a deal with union representatives for almost 2,600 paramedics and technicians who provide frontline medical services throughout the nation.
Under the proposals, 1,355 technicians will move from a band four to band five pay grade, and 1,259 paramedics will move from band five to band six level.
DWP accused of reneging on promise of jobs for staff at Cumnock site after closure
Union representative says workforce have been “left in limbo” by bosses
STAFF at a child support agency office facing closure face being made redundant as government cuts to DWP services start to kick in.
Employees at the Cumnock site in Ayrshire told CommonSpace they had been “guaranteed” jobs as part of a redeployment scheme when they met with bosses in January.
The office is set to close in March next year.
“Everybody is in a state of “is this going to happen” we’re kind of fearful.” Gordon Lamour
Scottish teachers' unions considering strike action over education reforms
Battle over education reform heats up as General Election nears
SCOTLAND’S largest teachers’ union is poised to put pressure on the Scottish Government by debating strike action over increasing workloads and the government’s plans for teacher training reforms.
The Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) will hold its AMG in Perth on Thursday (8 June) amid concerns from teachers and educational experts about proposed new routes into teaching which could mean applicants by-passing university training – like the controversial ‘Teach First’ courses in England.
Campaigners fury that a robotic Brexit will betray EU & UK workers
Industry gets ready to replace EU nationals with automation and leave UK workers with limited jobs and poor wages
A BREXIT OF AUTOMATION could leave UK workers with few job prospects and insecure wages as US companies plan to swoop in warehouses, shipping bays and other areas of light industry and services.
Their fears follow comments by leaders of robotic firms who say that the vote to leave the EU and the mass migration of EU nationals from the UK would create “a favourable market” for them to operate.
STUC faces boycott as tribunal finds evidence of racial victimisation
STUC St Andrews day march boycotted as tribunal finds union victimised employee
THE Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) has seen an important sponsor pull out of its St. Andrew’s Day and ‘Rally Against Racism’ march over an employment tribunal judgement which found that it unfairly dismissed and victimised an ethnic minority employee.
Celtic slammed for zero hour contracts as Unite demands meeting with club chiefs
Members of the Unite trade union write to club’s chief executive to demand meeting and answers for low paid staff
THE SCOTTISH YOUTH COMMITTEE (SYC) of the Unite union has expressed its dismay over news that some Celtic employees are working on so called zero hours contracts, and have demanded a meeting with club chiefs to address the issue.
Scottish unions welcome tribunal ruling on formal recognition for Lidl workers
GMB defeats supermarket’s attempt to prevent workers from having union representation
THE GMB trade union is hailing a landmark legal victory over German-owned Lidl preventing the low-cost supermarket from stopping employees gaining formal union recognition.
Engender calls for integrated approach to tackle sexual harassment
Survey shows more than half of UK women have faced sexual harassment at work
SCOTTISH feminist organisation Engender has said that Scotland's businesses and institutions need a greater variety of tools to address the sexual harassment that occurs on a daily basis in Scotland.
In comments to CommonSpace, the organisation responded to a Trades Union Congress (TUC) survey which showed that 52 per cent women said they have suffered some form of sexual harassment at work.