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Setback in Scottish local government pay battle

Jim McFarlane, Dundee City Unison secretary - personal capacity A majority of UNISON members in Scottish Local Government have voted to reject the employer’s pay offer of a £350 flat rate or 1% for those earning over £35,000 a year. ...

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College support staff in strike for pay justice

Matt Dobson and Socialist Party Scotland reporters 2,500 Unison members who work as support staff in Scotland’s 20 FE colleges took their first national day of strike action in a dispute over pay. Picket lines were well attended and buoyant ...

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Battle heats up against council cuts in Scotland

Matt Dobson reports    £1 billion in council cuts over the next two years are the consequences of the latest funding deal from the SNP government, which will mean the loss of 15,000 jobs and the decimation of services if implemented. ...

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Scottish TUSC shine as the only real alternative to austerity

By Sean Robertson TUSC’s Dundee West election candidate Jim McFarlane once again emerged as the most popular and warmly received candidate in another lively hustings. Held by Dundee University’s Green Party Students association, the hustings attracted a varied, raucous and ...

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Support the striking hospital porters in Dundee

By Socialist Party Scotland reporters 120 hospital porters who are members of Unite at Dundee’s Ninewells and Royal Victoria hospitals have escalated their strike action over demands on pay and longstanding grading issues. The strike action began two weeks ago ...

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Scottish TUSC launches its election campaign

Report from Matt Dobson  A packed room of eighty people attended the inspiring election launch conference of the Scottish Trade Union and Socialist Coalition in Glasgow on 28 February. Present were candidates, agents, campaign organisers, community campaigners and socialists from ...

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Community fightback over Dundee school threatened with closure by SNP council

An angry meeting of 60 parents, pupils and supporters met in Menzieshill church to oppose the proposed closure of the local High School by the SNP-run Dundee City Council.  There were brief opening remarks for the top table. Unfortunately, the ...

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