Analysis: Why industry, not education, is at the heart of Scotland’s productivity problem
A new Scottish Productivity Index provides an insight into the Scottish economy’s major structural weaknesses which induce a low-rate of output per hour worked – tackling the problem will mean moving past failed dogmas, Ben Wray finds
Job segregation a major cause of wage inequality, say women's groups
Campaigners call for refocus on low paid jobs as pay gap report is released
WOMEN in low-pay jobs should be the focus of the debate on gender pay equality according to groups that campaign for the equal representation and economic independence of women.
They have responded to a report showing that Scotland has the worst gender pay gap in the UK with women getting paid less than their male counterparts in management positions by just under £11,000.
Workers left without pay by last minute Green Day gig cancellation
Hundreds of agency staff told they won’t be paid after events company fails to stage gig
A LAST MINUTE CANCELLATION of a major music event in Glasgow’s Bellahouston Park has left hundreds of workers in the lurch after footage emerged of staff being told they will now not be paid.
Tories force pay cut on public servants while Queen gets cash bonanza
More cuts for emergency service staff - but millions extra spent on Royal family
THE TORIES and the party’s hard-right allies in the DUP cheered in the House of Commons as they forced a pay cut on millions of public sector workers across the UK.
In the first major vote since the June snap election, a Labour-led amendment to end the pay cuts was voted down by 323 votes to 309. The ten votes of the DUP, bought with a £1bn deal this week, were crucial in defeating the ‘progressive alliance’ of Labour, SNP, Liberal Democrat, Plaid Cymru, and Green MPs.
Fraser Stewart: Why you should care about Caffe Nero's treatment of its staff
CommonSpace columnist Fraser Stewart says workers in the service industry are often overworked, underpaid and overlooked
LIKE many students, I've worked in the service industry throughout university in order to make ends meet.
From my own experience, mainly in coffee and ranging from frontline to supervisory to managerial positions, there are two things I have found service workers to have in common.
.@KezDugdale woos trade unionists with centre-left tax plan #STUC16
Labour leader talks-up tax raising powers as route to reduce public sector cuts
ALL TAXPAYERS in Scotland should pitch in with more money to limit austerity imposed on public services, Labour leader Kezia Dugdale has told the Scottish Trades Union Congress.
Dugdale presented a five point plan on how she would increase revenue through council and income tax powers.
STUC leader condemns party election proposals on inequality and tax #SP16
General Secretary claims not enough being done with new powers to transform Scotland
GRAHAME SMITH, the figurehead of Scotland's trade union movement, has poured scorn on the ongoing Scottish election debate over a lack of "substance" to tackle inequality through tax and economic policy.
Speaking to the union congress' 119th conference, general secetary Smith claimed that proposals on industry and tax from political parties were "weak" with "nothing of substance".