Robin McAlpine: Karine Polwart's finances make me wonder what the hell we really value
Common Weal director Robin Mcalpine argues our society does not place value on people with creativity and energy, instead rewarding mediocrity and bureaucracy
AT THE weekend I hunted out Karine Polwart's truly wonderful 2012 album Traces for a re-listen. I'm glad I did. It reminded me how good it is.
But it also pissed me off. Not the music I hasten to add, the fact that what prompted me to play it again was an interview with Karine in which she talked about the financial difficulty of trying to make a living making music in Scotland.
Scottish Government offer biggest pay rise for NHS staff since 2008 recession
NHS nurses pay had fallen 9-14 per cent in real terms since 2011
A SPOKESPERSON from the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) welcomed the biggest proposed pay-rise for NHS staff in Scotland since the 2008 financial crisis.
Victory for Glasgow women workers as court orders £50m payout by city council
Unions call on new Glasgow administration to fulfil ruling on £50m boon
WOMEN SEEKING JUSTICE from Glasgow City Council (GCC) for exclusion from bonus payments and the chance for equal pay over decades won a major battle in the Court of Session this week.
The court ordered GCC to pay the female council workers their share of a £50 million windfall after a legal ruling over equal pay.
Yesterday (Tuesday 30 May) the ruling found in favour of over 6,000 claimants who brought their case supported by public sector trade unions.
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.
STUC women conference back WASPI campaign for pension justice
STUC Committee commit to supporting pension justice for women in Scotland
THE STUC Women’s conference has by acclaim unanimously given its backing to the Women against pension inequality (WASPI) campaign at its conference in Perth today [Saturday 29 October].
The campaign seeks to ensure fairer transitional state pension packages for women born on or after April 6 1951 who found themselves facing shortfalls in pensions as a result of pensions changes by the UK Government.
Union tells John Swinney: Don't follow George Osborne's public-sector pay misery
PCS represents public and civil servants in Scotland
PUBLIC-SECTOR union PCS has told Finance Minister John Swinney that he shouldn't follow in the footsteps of Chancellor George Osborne in imposing "Tory pay misery" on Scottish public-sector workers.
Osborne announced a one per cent increase in public-sector pay for each of the next four years, which if calculated in with the likely rate of inflation is effectively a pay cut.
Scotland's top earners pocketed 77 times more than minimum wage workers in 2014
New research shines fresh light on Scotland's wealth inequality
FRESH data shows that top bosses at 12 of Scotland's FTSE-listed businesses earned a total of PS55m in 2014.
The research was carried out by the think tank High Pay Centre, which is set to host a fringe event at this weekend's SNP conference and has vowed to place income inequality at the heart of its agenda.