The STUC voted to support the motion from UNISON Scotland on the need for public sector reform guided by the involvement of the service providers (ie workers) and service users. The Jimmy Reid Foundation report on this very subject from earlier in the year was mentioned: see this report
Tomorrow is the 45th anniversary of Jimmy Reid’s rectorial address at Glasgow university on 28 April 1972 – one of the best political speeches ever made. For the only know remaining film of a portion of the rectorial address, see this excerpt
Tomorrow, 28 April 2017, is Workers’ Memorial Day to commemorate all those who have lost their lives at work or because of work due to the negligence and rapaciousness of employers – so remember, discuss and join in some of the events.
A successful and productive exchange of views was held today at a 30-strong Jimmy Reid Foundation lunchtime fringe meeting at the STUC congress in Aviemore. Chaired by PCS national officer, Lynn Henderson, we heard Professor Mike Danson from Heriot Watt university give an overview of the Foundation report on the case against the renewal of Trident followed by a response from Richard Hardy, Prospect union Scottish regional secretary and John McInally, PCS National vice-president. The one overwhelmingly supported outcome was that, under the auspices of the STUC, the various defence unions should meet to i) establish what they have in common and ii) how to progress the establishment of a credible diversification strategy (including a well resourced diversification agency). Many thanks to the GMB, Prospect, UCU and PCS unions for providing the resourcing to stage the fringe meeting and those delegates at the STUC for attending.
The Jimmy Reid Foundation is delighted to announce that Mark Serwotka, general secretary of the PCS union, has agreed to deliver the 2017 annual Jimmy Reid lecture on Thursday 5 October 2017. He will speak on the issue of the defence of public services in an era of austerity and neo-liberalism.
More details on venue and timings will follow in due course.
Following the last meeting of the project board of the Jimmy Reid Foundation (on 6 April), we have agreed a new set of research and policy papers to be commissioned and published over the remainder of the year and into early 2018. These are on the environment, developing aspects of public service reform (like citizen participation), the regulation of employment relations, workers’ rights, and the ramifications of the automation of work.
If you’d like to support the work of these projects by making a financial donation (however small) to the Foundation, please go to http://reidfoundation.org/sustaining/
We’d be very grateful of any financial support you can give us.
The Sunday Herald has today (9 April 2017) given major coverage to the Jimmy Reid Foundation paper from Jim Cuthbert on the fiscal constraints any new and future Scottish government will face. The coverage can be accessed at http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/15213140.Pro_independence_economist_issues___39_danger__39__warning_over_new_powers/
The paper the coverage is about can be accessed at http://reidfoundation.org/2017/04/comments-on-the-scottish-budget-scrutiny-consultation-by-dr-jim-cuthbert/
The Jimmy Reid Foundation is now using the https://www.facebook.com/TheReidFoundation/ account and is posting regularly on Foundation matters (announcements, new papers etc) as well as on issues close to the heart of Jimmy Reid (eg on issues of work, employment, unions, social justice etc). Please follow the Foundation on facebook!
The Jimmy Reid Foundation is now using the https://twitter.com/ReidFoundation twitter account and is tweeting regularly on Foundation matters (announcements, new papers etc) as well as on issues close to the heart of Jimmy Reid (eg on issues of work, employment, unions, social justice etc). Please follow the Foundation on Twitter!
The Jimmy Reid Foundation is pleased to mark International Women’s Day on 8th March 2017, by promoting the UN’s call to “Step It Up for Gender Equality towards a Planet 50-50 by 2030” so that the world of work works for all women.
The 2017 theme for International Women’s Day focuses on “Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030”. Employment is changing, with technological advances and globalization bringing unprecedented opportunities for those who can access them, but the downside is the growing informality of labour, income inequality and humanitarian crises – See more at: http://www.un.org/en/events/womensday/
New analysis published by the TUC reveals that the average woman has to wait nearly a fifth of a year (66 days) before she starts to get paid, compared to the average man. For more information on what’s wrong, and the scale of the inequity see the TUC report https://www.tuc.org.uk/equality-issues/gender-equality/equal-pay/women-work-free-fifth-year-says-tuc