Stand Up Against Repression by Stirling University Bosses

by Richie Venton, SSP trade union organiser In an outrageous act of repression, the bosses of the University of Stirling have suspended 13 students who staged an entirely peaceful occupation of C-block in solidarity with striking UCU members last November/December. The young students (including several SSP members) have been suspended from the campus for 8 […]

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UNISON defends the right to independence vote

Richie Venton, SSP Workplace Organiser  Well done UNISON! At the Scottish Council of branch delegates in Scotland’s biggest trade union, an overwhelming majority voted in support of a second independence referendum at the time of the Scottish parliament’s choosing. This is a momentous breakthrough for democracy, from the biggest component member of the biggest civic […]

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Sturgeon’s Small Beer Shows Urgent Need to Build Broad Yes Movement

Activist holding a Yes sign in front of UK counter-demonstration

After days of hype and expectation raising for First Minister Sturgeon’s latest speech on independence it turned out yet to be another serving of small beer commented SSP national spokesman Colin Fox. He said: “Amidst the tears about Brexit, this was simply an exercise in expectation management for SNP activists rather than any ringing declaration […]

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Universal provision – strike a blow against poverty and stigma

by Scott Macdonald Every once in a while, the battle between selectivity and universal provision rises. From Johann Lamont MSP’s particularly odious “Scotland cannot be the only something-for-nothing country in the world” promotion of selectivity in 2012, to the current discussion around free period products being brought forward by Monica Lennon MSP’s members bill. We […]

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Trade unions must become advocates of independence and socialism

Richie Venton, SSP National Workplace Organiser The public declaration in favour of a second referendum on Scottish independence by current general secretary of the STUC, Grahame Smith, is not only extremely welcome, but of profound significance. In truth, Grahame is applying the ABCs of democracy; the right of the Scottish people to determine their own future, […]

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