Tag Archives: Public Sector

How Left Wing is Scotland – part two

How left wing is Scotland? Do we really, as the First Minister claimed, not really mind her economic policies? Well, recently, YouGov did a survey on various Thatcherite policies in the midst of her funeral. The results show that on … Continue reading

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Our Common Endeavour

By the strength of our common endeavour, we achieve more than we achieve alone, so as to create for each of us the means to realise our true potential and for all of us a community in which power wealth … Continue reading

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The best use for pension funds

In September, I wrote about the need for local state-backed commercial banks, to help revitalise our regions. Now, it appears that the Strathclyde local government pension fund is going to do something very similar. To be fair, it’s not quite … Continue reading

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The long march for pension Justice

Today I marched on strike for the first time in my life. Despite the fact that, as I explained yesterday, I am not technically on strike as Angus Council moved one of our Bank Holidays, I wanted to stand shoulder … Continue reading

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UNISON Leadership hustings – Part Two

My last blog post talked about what the candidates for the Scottish Labour leadership said during the hustings held during the UNISON Labour Link forum meeting held in Glasgow. The end result was for UNISON to nominate Johann, while I … Continue reading

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Conference Day Two: Unions, Scotland and the fringe

I particularly wanted to attend this afternoon’s session, not only because of the Scottish report, but also because of the important debate on pension, and the contemporary motion submitted by the unions on the pension strike. Dave Prentis of UNISON … Continue reading

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Council should back mortgage scheme

Its not often that I disagree with my boss, but in this instance I do. Angus Council has recently passed a report rejecting a scheme designed to help first time buyers into the housing market. This scheme, where councils provide … Continue reading

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