Public services, welfare and the referendum
One Day conference (free)
FRIDAY 6TH DECEMBER 2013 10.00 AM - 4.00 PM
STUC, 333 Woodlands Road, Glasgow
Following the publication of the Scottish Government’s White Paper, discussion will intensify on the best constitutional settlement for the promotion of fair policies on welfare and public services.
Would independence bring about an improved welfare system and public services landscape? Is it possible, or desirable, to learn from the Nordic welfare model?
This free one day conference will examine some of the key issues including the labour market, childcare, welfare and disability, the Nordic model of welfare and public service reform.
Speakers will include:
John McInally, Vice President PCS
Stephen Boyd, Assistant Secretary STUC
Dr Ingela Nauman, Senior Lecturer in Social Policy, University of Edinburgh
Kainde Manji, Glasgow University
Professor James Mitchell – Professor of Public Policy, University of Edinburgh
Along with speakers from The Common Weal and the Red Paper Collective!
Download a pdf copy of the conference agenda here
For further details and to register for the conference contact firstname.lastname@example.org
STUC on Independence White Paper
Speaking after the Scottish Government had published its White Paper on independence, Grahame Smith, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary said:
“The STUC welcomes publication of the White Paper and the ambition it reflects on key issues such as economic development and childcare.
“Although most of the ideas and positions set out in the paper are already quite familiar, the commitment to establishing a National Convention on Employment and Labour Relations is interesting and of particular relevance to the STUC. We look forward to discussing how such a body could be made to work in the Scottish context.
“The White Paper does raise questions about how an independent Scottish Government might develop a sustainable approach to taxation in order to fund important and legitimate additional social investments. It is also disappointing that new arguments weren’t forthcoming to rebut genuine concerns around a formal currency union with rUK.
“The STUC will now take time to study the detail of the White Paper and respond as part of our next A Just Scotland report”.
25 November 2012 - A Just Scotland - STUC publishes interim report on Scotland’s constitutional future
Grahame Smith, STUC General Secretary said:
“Over the past few months we have invited members as well as those from wider communities to join the discussion on social justice and Scotland’s future. This interim report poses many questions, reflecting a general view that the quality of the debate must improve dramatically and it must take place in a far less febrile atmosphere. This is not helped by sensationalist reporting. The early reporting of our draft findings is an illustration of the reason that so many organisations are reluctant to engage in open and inclusive discussion and debate.
“A Just Scotland lays out challenges for both sides of the debate. In particular it criticises the use of misleading figures in the debate over Scotland’s fiscal position. The report identifies deep problems with the economic and fiscal model imagined by the leading voices in the YES Campaign. However it also calls on the Better Together parties to outline a practical vision of how social and economic justice can achieved within the union and to calls for detailed attention to be paid to proposals for enhanced devolution.
“Our report commits us to undertaking further detailed discussion in a number of policy areas and this will include ongoing consultations within our member unions as well as a series of meetings with others who are minded to approach this debate thoughtfully and with social justice as their priority.”
Download a copy of the interim report in pdf