Watch Frances O’Grady’s lecture ‘A Future after Brexit?…’

Frances O’Grady, the General Secretary of the Trade Union Congress (TUC), gave the sixth annual Jimmy Reid memorial lecture on Thursday 27 September. 180 attendees filled Glasgow’s City Chambers to hear her lecture: A Future after Brexit? Unions and the Scandinavian model of social democracy.  You can now watch it below or read the transcript, courtesy […]

Jimmy Reid memorial lecture on 27 September

Frances O’ Grady, the General Secretary of the Trade Union Congress (TUC), will give the sixth annual Jimmy Reid memorial lecture in Glasgow’s City Chambers on Thursday 27 September. Doors open at 6pm with the lecture beginning at 7pm. The lecture is titled A Future after Brexit? Unions and the Scandinavian model of social democracy. Read […]

Scottish Affairs Select Committee report on the future of work

In March, the Scottish Affairs Select Committee published The future of working practices in Scotland. This report reflects on the Taylor review on modern working practices, which covered the gig economy and precarious work, and looks at changes in the traditional workplace, and the particular impact of these developments on Scotland. The report contains recommendations […]

WhatDoTheyKnow — getting answers from public sector bodies for 10 years! celebrates its tenth birthday on 25 February 2018. The website is an invaluable tool for trade unionists and citizens that have questions for public sector bodies. The site catalogues responses to freedom of information (FOI) requests from across public sector bodies makes it easy to submit FOI requests so if there’s something that you’ve […]

Radical Options for Scotland and Europe conference & AGM on 18 November

Dangers of a Neo-Liberal EU Settlement is the title of this year’s Radical Options for Scotland and Europe (ROSE) conference on Saturday 18 November 2017 at the Unite Conference Room in Glasgow. The conference is open to all and starts at 11am. The AGM for ROSE members begins at 1pm. Speakers Pauline Bryan — Red Paper Collective Gordon Martin […]

New edition of the Scottish Left Review

The 101st edition of Scottish Left Review (SLR) was recently published and you can read it online. Inside there are interesting articles on Scottish economic reform and worker-owned business by Richard Leonard MSP, Unite’s favoured candidate for the Scottish Labour leadership the opportunities for Britain to enshrine worker rights and forge new European alliances with Brexit by Neil […]

Edinburgh World Justice Festival

The Edinburgh World Justice Festival is hosting a variety of interesting events across the city from 30 September to 16 October. Check out the programme on their website. Events cover topics such as equality, refugees in Scotland, Grenfell, the global arms trade and Palestine. Unite members will be along to a few events, so comment […]

Podcast on modern challenges to trade unions

Who speaks for the workers? is a recent podcast from BBC Radio 4 that examines the challenges facing workers in the 21st century. It looks at the gig economy, faux ‘self employed’ staff and precarious work and discusses how trade unions can help – and how they must adapt to face modern times. Listen to the […]