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Radical options for labour law in Scotland

Uncategorized May 01, 2017 Add a comment

On May Day, 1 May 2017, the day to celebrate wage-labourers of the world, the Jimmy Reid Foundation is pleased to publish its Quick Note called ‘A Manifesto for Labour Law: what would it look like in Scotland?’. Written by Professor Gregor Gall,  this ‘Quick Note’ looks at how the Institute of Employment Rights’ A Manifesto for Labour Law might apply to Scotland and what hurdles exist to its implementation. It begins by laying out the context of the Manifesto before detailing its components such as the creation of a Labour Court and the right to sectorial collective bargaining. Then it moves to discuss the political conditions needed to implement the Manifesto per se and how this relates to the specific conditions relating to Scotland. It shows that far more radical change is needed than the SNP Scottish Government has been willing to accept with its Fair Work Framework (launched in April 2016).

The Quick Note can be accessed here.


Common Space interview on the 45th anniversary of Jimmy Reid’s rectorial address

Uncategorized Apr 28, 2017 Add a comment

Professor Gregor Gall, director of the Jimmy Reid Foundation, was interviewed by Common Space on the 45th anniversary of Jimmy Reid’s rectorial address about the continuing relevance of the content of that historic speech. See the coverage here.

Jimmy Reid Foundation report on public sector reform guides formation of policy at STUC 2017

Uncategorized Apr 27, 2017 Add a comment

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

45th anniversary of Jimmy Reid’s rectorial address on 28 April 1972

Uncategorized Apr 27, 2017 Add a comment

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 known remaining film of a portion of the rectorial address, see this excerpt

Workers’ Memorial Day, 28 April 2017

Uncategorized Apr 27, 2017 Add a comment

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.


Successful Jimmy Reid Foundation fringe meeting at 2017 STUC

Uncategorized Apr 24, 2017 Add a comment

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.

PCS general secretary, Mark Serwotka, to give 2017 Jimmy Reid annual lecture

Uncategorized Apr 11, 2017 Add a comment

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.

Jimmy Reid Foundation agrees new work programme

Uncategorized Apr 11, 2017 Add a comment

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.


Sunday Herald coverage of new Jimmy Reid Foundation paper on Scotland’s fiscal future

Uncategorized Apr 09, 2017 Add a comment

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/


Jimmy Reid Foundation facebook

Uncategorized Apr 06, 2017 Add a comment

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!