The CommonSpace Show - Pilot - with Eve Livingston
The first of a new regular online show with CommonSpace journalists David Jamieson and Rhiannon Davies
In the pilot episode, CommonSpace is joined by freelance journalist Eve Livingston to take a look at the Equal Pay Strike that rocked Glasgow last year, when around 8000 women took at stand against pay disparity. Eve Livingston is shortlisted for an Orwell Prize for her coverage of the strike.
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.
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.
‘Bring on the food bill’: Campaigners push for legislation on healthy, affordable food system
Campaigners bring kitchen tables to Scottish Parliament in call for food legislation to boost health, local economies, affordability and sustainability
THE SCOTTISH FOOD COALITION has stepped up its calls for the Scottish Government to start consulting on legislation to ensure a healthy, environmentally and economically sustainable food system before the parliament’s Summer recess.
The coalition, which consists of 19 organisations, set up a kitchen table and chairs outside the parliament at 12.30 today (23 May) to highlight the issue.
‘Happy Birthday Öcalan’: Trade unionists press British ambassador on jailed Kurdish leader
GMB and Unite campaign to free Kurdish leader imprisoned in Turkey sends ‘birthday greeting’ via British ambassador
MARKING THE 69th birthday of jailed Kurdish leader Abdullah Öcalan, a UK trade union campaign calling for his freedom has sent a birthday card and pointed letter to British Ambassador to Turkey, Sir Dominick Chilcott.
Nationalise childcare service to meet free places ambition, campaigners say
A radical change to the early years system is needed to offer an “equal start”, Unison and Common Weal have argued
FOLLOWING THE publication of an Audit Scotland report indicating that the Scottish Government is unlikely to meet its 2020 target of doubling access to funded childcare from 15 hours to 30, public sector trade union Unison and think tank Common Weal have renewed calls for a national public sector early years service.
Campaigners push for national investment bank to advance green and equalities agenda
As the consultation closes, a range of organisations have called for Scottish Government to ensure SNIB has progressive policy at its heart
AS THE CONSULTATION ON the Scottish National Investment Bank (Snib) draws to a close, organisations including Engender, Friends of the Earth Scotland, RSPB Scotland, Unison, Common Weal, and Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund (Sciaf) are calling on the Scottish Government to ensure the bank advances a “greener and more equal” Scotland.
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.
"Justice for jannies" claim victory in dispute with Glasgow City Council
Strikers give employers a “broken nose” after 20-month dispute comes to an end
JANITORS in Glasgow claimed victory today after a long-running dispute over pay and conditions with their employers Cordia.
The news came after talks between janitors’ union representatives Unison and Glasgow City Council controlled employer Cordia, took place this morning.
“We’ve won a dispute and we’ve got more money than we asked for, we’re working less hours.” Brian Ash