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An inspiring victory for striking college lecturers

By Matt Dobson After six days of national strike action, lecturers in Scotland’s colleges have won a major victory in their fight for fair and equal pay and harmonised terms and conditions. The dispute was won as an escalation of ...

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Striking college lecturers raging at Swinney’s attacks

By Matt Dobson The SNP-led Scottish government has sided with College Scotland’s cuts program and anti-trade union agenda by trying to pressure the EIS FELA college lecturers trade union to call off the planned escalation of its national strike. The ...

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Tax increases on workers are no answer to brutal austerity

Statement from Socialist Party Scotland  Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale has proposed raising the Scottish Rate of Income Tax by a penny from April. Under Labour’s plan, £430 million a year would be available to compensate for the savage cuts facing ...

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John Swinney wields the Tory axe against jobs and public services

Philip Stott reports John Swinney’s budget for 2016 /17 has exploded the myth of an “anti-austerity” SNP-led Scottish government prepared to take on and confront Tory spending cuts. The Scottish government budget for next year and announced today has underlined ...

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Scottish PCS members striking to defeat the pay cap

Fiona Macdonald, PCS Vice President Scottish Government Group (Personal Capacity)  PCS Scottish Government workers took strike action in January as part of a rolling programme of action across the Scottish Sector. We are demanding: Fair pay for all public sector workers ...

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SNP budget means another £500 million in Tory cuts for Scotland


Philip Stott  The Scottish Government’s budget for 2015/16 was unveiled yesterday by SNP Finance Secretary John Swinney. For millions of working-class people in Scotland there will be no respite from continuing Tory austerity and cuts to public services. The SNP’s ...

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