Further Education: Swinney intervenes

Colleges Scotland’s national pay bargaining dispute has reached a new head. Yesterday, thousands of Further Education lecturers across Scotland were on the fourth week of strikes and these continue today. This is due to Colleges Scotland’s refusal to honour the equal pay and national bargaining deal that was agreed, balloted and signed off one year ago.

The Scottish Socialist Party fully supports and stands with the lecturers, as we back all workers and such unions who seek justice. Every assault on pay or conditions – reneged deals or otherwise – for anyone in any industry narrows options for all who seek decent work. It means there are fewer jobs that you would find worth doing for pay offered and everyone ends up with fewer options for living a good life.

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Video: 20th June Public Meeting – Fighting Austerity

Chaired by the co-chair of the SSP, Wendy MacDonald – and speakers include:

  • Sandra Webster: National co-spokesperson of the SSP
  • Bryan Reynolds from the RMT – fighting the attacks on Calmac workers
  • Stuart Graham – from Unison, one of the Glasgow Homeless caseworkers on strike.
  • Richie Venton: The SSP’s national workplace organiser.

With gracious thanks to Frankie Tervit for taping this wonderfully attended meeting.

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General Election 2015: The Westminster Establishment Money Fight

“Over the course of the 2015 General Election the four Westminster parties are set to spend tens of millions of pounds telling us there is no alternative to the brutal austerity we currently face. We’re here to say that there is an alternative. For a party that will put people before profit, vote Scottish Socialist Party”

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