National Museum of Scotland staff prepare for a week of strike action
Staff at the National Museum of Scotland are set to strike over changes to pay
EMPLOYEES of the National Museum of Scotland have begun a week of strike action as of Monday 24 August.
The move to industrial action was instigated by a trade union campaign that has been running for approximately 18 months. The campaign aims to dispute the removal of a weekend allowance to new members of staff at the museum.
STUC says new Trade Union Bill is "vindictive, unfair and unnecessary"
Business secretary: "Trade unions have a constructive role to play in representing their members' interests but our one-nation government will balance their rights with those of working people and business"
SCOTTISH Trades Union Congress (STUC) general secretary Grahame Smith has described the UK Government's Trade Union Bill as "vindictive, unfair and unnecessary", saying it is "an attack on the fundamental human right of workers to withdraw their labour".
10 ways the Tories' new proposals aim to undermine trade unions
Trade union density in the public sector is 55 per cent, compared to 14 per cent in the private sector
THE CONSERVATIVE Government is outlining its new plans to limit trade union rights, and they are more far reaching and consequential than anything since the era of Margaret Thatcher. The proposals go well beyond the party's manifesto commitment to set a 40 per cent voting threshold for all trade union members for industrial action to proceed.
CommonSpace has identified 10 ways in which the new plans are likely to undermine trade unions.
SECC sacking raises questions over council's commitment to trade union rights, Unison claims
Glasgow City Council spokesperson claims it would be inappropriate to comment on the dispute, despite workplace being 91 per cent owned by the council
THE sacking of trade union activist Robert O'Donnell from the SECC venue in Glasgow has sparked a furious response from Unison, which claims he was fired because of his role in trying to organise the trade union in a workplace 91 per cent owned by Glasgow City Council.
Unison protest over Glasgow City Council's "disgusting" role in two ongoing disputes
Homeless case workers and sacked SECC workers argue that council complicit in anti-union activities
One thousand workers in the Unison trade union marched in George Square yesterday, venting their anger over the council's treatment of union members in two separate disputes in the city.
The rally in the square came during Unison's UK-wide annual conference in Glasgow, with workers leaving the conference to show support for the employees in Scotland's biggest city that are at loggerheads with the Labour-run local council.
Revealed: Law firm cancels 'how to sack workers' event following planned protest
Anderson Strathern planned to charge PS90 plus VAT for entry
A LAW firm in Edinburgh has cancelled a workshop for employers on easy ways to sack workers after an anti-cuts campaign group planned to protest outside.
Solicitors Anderson Strathern had organised the event for 22 June, and were planning on charging employers PS90 plus VAT for entry.
"Solicitors Anderson Strathern are delighted to invite employers to attend their employment law training workshop on Quick Dismissals," the event page read.
Forcing the politicians to listen: Social work staff and NHS porters in Glasgow and Dundee on two-month long strikes
CommonSpace speaks to workers on strike in two different disputes in Glasgow and Dundee with a lot in common
IF ever two strikes were similar, it was these two: both all-out strikes, both lasting over eight weeks, both over pay grading, both trying to force politicians to listen and take their concerns seriously as public-sector workers.
First Minister and STUC announce "shared priorities" on devolution and opposition to austerity
Conservatives proposing new laws to limit ability of trade unions to take industrial action
FIRST MINISTER Nicola Sturgeon and the Scottish Trades Union Congress have agreed a memorandum of understanding reflecting their "shared priorities" on devolution of powers relating to work and social security, as well as opposing David Cameron's austerity agenda and attack on workers' rights.
Big redundancies with no staff consultation at employee-owned Tullis Russell raises workers' rights issue
Unite describe lack of consultation as "shocking"
THE Unite trade union has said that 325 redundancies announced at employee-owned Tullis Russell with no consultation with staff shows up the fact that the UK has some of the weakest workers' rights "in the European Union".
Tullis Russell, a paper packaging and printing company based in Markinch, Fife, went into administration last month, and directors informed staff that their jobs would be "safeguarded".