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The crisis of Scottish Labour

Submitted by martin on 11 December, 2018 - 10:13 Author: Dale Street
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The Crisis of Scottish Labour

A Survation opinion poll carried out in mid-November found that Labour had a 1% lead over the Tories in England and a 17% lead over the Tories in Wales. But in Scotland Labour was on just 23%, a poor third behind the SNP (40%) and the Tories (27%).

As with any opinion poll, the precise figures are open to challenge. But as far as Scotland is concerned, the figures reflect the experiences of many Labour canvassers on the doorstep. Two overlapping factors explain the polling figures for Scotland.

The issues behind the Glasgow equal pay strike

Submitted by Gemma_S on 30 October, 2018 - 11:31 Author: Dale Street
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Up to 8,000 Glasgow City Council workers, members of the GMB and Unison, took part in last week’s two-day equal pay strike.

For 48 hours only emergency cover was available in home care services. Primary schools and nursery schools were closed. Secondary schools were open, but without a school-meals service.

Workers in Glasgow’s four refuse and recycling centres refused to cross picket lines, bringing refuse collection to a halt for the duration of the strike. Some parking attendants and museum and libraries staff also refused to cross picket lines.

Industrial news in brief

Submitted by AWL on 24 October, 2018 - 12:04 Author: Ann Field

GMB and Unison picket lines covered Glasgow on Tuesday 23 and Wednesday 24 October in a two-day strike by City Council employees.

A lunchtime demonstration on the first day of the strike also saw four thousand people march through Glasgow to a rally in front of the City Chambers.

It was the biggest strike for equal pay in British history. The target was years of pay discrimination against City Council women employees, resulting from the Workforce Pay and Benefits Review (WPBR) which was introduced and defended by successive Labour administrations

Industrial news in brief

Submitted by AWL on 10 October, 2018 - 12:25 Author: Sacha Ismail, Anne Field, Claudia Raven and Ollie Moore

Last week we reported the wildcat strike by workers at the “community owned” Ivy House pub in South London, members of the Bakers’ Union.

In this case “community owned” meant more “Big Society” than “workers’ control”.

Shortly after the last Solidarity went to press on Tuesday 2 October, the Ivy House workers, who had kept the pub shut down completely for three days, won completely. The union is recognised, zero hours contracts will be replaced by fixed hours ones, and the four sacked workers are reinstated with back pay until a disciplinary process has ended.

“Glasgow Labour has much work to do...”

Submitted by AWL on 3 October, 2018 - 11:54 Author: Ann Field

“Glasgow Labour has much work to do to regain the trust of our communities, and to be given the chance to form an administration again… Over the coming years, Glasgow will face enormous challenges.” That’s what the publicity said for an all-members conference organised last weekend by Glasgow City Council Labour Group.

The financial fantasy of "Scotland's Future"

Submitted by SJW on 30 May, 2018 - 11:21 Author: Dale Street
Scotland's Future

After two years in the making, the SNP’s Sustainable Growth Commission Report “Scotland – The New Case for Optimism – A Strategy for Inter-Generational Economic Renaissance” was finally published last week.

The 354-page report is meant to remedy the deficiencies of the SNP White Paper “Scotland’s Future”, the basis of its pro-independence campaign in the 2014 referendum.

Scottish Nationalism’s Hogmanay Hatefest

Submitted by cathy n on 8 January, 2018 - 12:57 Author: Dale Street
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2018 looks set to be a bumper year for off-the-wall grievance-mongering by Scottish cybernats and their ideologically intoxicated kith-and-kin in the broader ranks of Scottish nationalism.

The New Year was still being welcomed in when cybernats first hoisted the well-worn flag of fake victimhood: “Can’t help but notice that they’re still dubbing Big Ben’s bongs over the Edinburgh fireworks. A constant reminder of who’s in charge.”

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