Equal Pay Strike: pay up now!

by Richie Venton Over 7,500 Glasgow city council workers — overwhelmingly women — are set to strike next week for equal pay, after 12 years of brutal discrimination. Staff in education and Cordia feel they’ve had enough of being treated like second class citizens. There are 13,000 equal pay claims...

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Solidarity Statement on Glasgow Equal Pay Strike

SOLIDARITY STATEMENT IN SUPPORT OF GLASGOW EQUAL PAY STRIKE In June 1968 female sewing machinists in the Ford car plant in Dagenham took a stand for equal pay in a strike that stopped production for three weeks. They succeeded with abolishing their lower “women’s rate” of pay and triggered a...

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Greens launch priorities for education – SNP given report card

"The SNP’s education report card could be defined by one line, ‘needs improvement’." Ross Greer MSP SNP ministers are being invited to “copy the Scottish Greens’ homework” on closing the educational attainment gap as the government’s agenda continues to flounder. Green education spokesperson Ross Greer MSP issued SNP ministers with...

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Empowering communities and delivering food security

Alison Johnstone MSP Lothian Health & Sport, Social Security, Children & Young People Website I previously wrote in the Evening News (Food for thought and a little thought for food) in support of calls from the Scottish Food Coalition for a right to food to be enshrined in Scots Law,...

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Harvie warns “the clock is ticking” on fairer funding of local services as councils start drawing up cuts and charges to cope with “carnage”

Harvie warns “the clock is ticking” on fairer funding of local services as councils start drawing up cuts and charges to cope with “carnage”

SNP Ministers must take the opportunity now to signal a new direction and a commitment to change. Patrick Harvie MSP Scottish Greens co-convener Patrick Harvie MSP is today (12 Oct) warning that the “the clock is ticking” on the need for fairer funding of local services, as councils across Scotland...

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The Case For Local Democracy Renewed

John Finnie MSP Highlands and Islands Justice, Transport & Tourism, Rural & Island Communities Website High quality public services are the bedrock of our society and as demand for services rises, we cannot duck the debate about how they are funded. When we look at the services local councils are...

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Greenpeace study of fish quotas shows sector at risk

Greenpeace study of fish quotas shows sector at risk

If we want a future for fisheries we need to distribute quotas to more local and sustainable operators. Mark Ruskell MSP A new study by Greenpeace, revealing how a tiny minority of wealthy families controls huge swathes of Scottish fishing rights, should serve as a warning that the sector’s future...

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Wightman: Scotland will never be a normal European country until it addresses the deficit in local democracy

Wightman: Scotland will never be a normal European country until it addresses the deficit in local democracy

SNP Ministers know that Green MSPs cannot enter into talks about the budget in December if they fail to make moves to give Scotland the kind of local democracy enjoyed by our European neighbours. Andy Wightman MSP The Scottish Greens’ local government spokesperson will today (11 Oct) tell an audience...

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SSP backs Unions Demand for Publicly Owned ScotRail

SSP National spokesperson Colin Fox today backed criticism of Scottish Transport Minister Michael Matheson for remarks in which he said a publicly owned ScotRail cannot happen until 2025 – at least. Mr Matheson’s predecessor – Humza Yousaf – stated that Scottish Ministers have already set up a company to step...

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Solidarity Statement on Sheku Bayoh Case

Solidarity is disgusted at the decision to not charge any of the police officers involved in the killing of Sheku Bayoh. It’s shameful to see that 9 officers, one of which over 25 stone and another with a less than perfect past (to say the least), can cause the death...

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Scotland’s response to IPCC report on climate change must be a summit of political and civic leaders

Scotland can no longer take comfort in the limited actions already promised while pretending the fossil fuel economy can carry on as usual. Patrick Harvie MSP Scotland’s response to the damning IPCC report on climate change must be to convene a summit of political and civic leaders says Patrick Harvie....

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Come to the aid of the party

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We must tackle poverty, and tackle it at source

Alison Johnstone MSP Lothian Health & Sport, Social Security, Children & Young People Website An MSP’s year has some very regular milestones. The Programme for Government every September; the process of negotiating the annual budget either side of Christmas, and the recess periods when MSPs finish their work in the...

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Tommy Sheridan’s Column

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Fast Food Strike – to win a living wage and union dignity

Thousands of workers are taking part in hospitality sector strikes. The Bakers union (BFAWU), War on Want and Unite Hospitality are campaigning for workers’ rights and ending poverty pay. McDonald’s, Wetherspoons and TGI Fridays workers announced renewed strike action. Striking over tips, poverty pay – for a £10 an hour...

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Finnie urges public inquiry into Sheku Bayoh case

Finnie urges public inquiry into Sheku Bayoh case

Regardless of whether there are to be criminal prosecutions, misconduct proceedings or a Fatal Accident Inquiry it’s important that Scotland shows the value it places on a life. John Finnie MSP Scottish Greens justice spokesperson John Finnie MSP today (3 Oct) urged Scottish Ministers to set up a public inquiry...

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Johnstone & Wightman welcome ruling which saves Jim’s Farm

It is now incumbent on industry and the Scottish Government to deliver the much needed national film studio on a site where development would be lawful. Alison Johnstone and Andy Wightman, Scottish Green MSPs for Lothian, today (3 Oct) welcomed a ruling which prevents a farmer being removed from his...

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Finnie highlights warnings from bus industry experts on Transport Bill

The Transport Bill is a golden opportunity to arrest the decline in bus patronage and give communities the reliable, affordable services they are crying out for. John Finnie MSP Scottish Greens transport spokesperson John Finnie MSP today (3 Oct) highlighted warnings from bus industry experts that the Scottish Government’s proposed...

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New NHS research echoes our calls to boost social security spending & introduce Basic Income

New NHS research echoes our calls to boost social security spending & introduce Basic Income

I am delighted that NHS Health Scotland research shows that policies such as benefit top-ups and a Universal Basic Income would narrow health inequalities more than any other measures modelled. Alison Johnstone MSP The Scottish Greens welcomed research published today by NHS Health Scotland that echoes the party’s calls to...

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Glasgow South Open Day – “Celebrate the Past, Change the Future”

Glasgow South SSP held a hugely successful open day on Saturday the 29th September in the Kinning Park Complex. The loose theme was “Celebrate the past, change the future” and the day consisted of stalls, music, film and workshops all accompanied by much conversation and tea. Our initial aim for...

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Ministers must speed up action on social care staffing given rise in patients stuck in hospital

Ministers must speed up action on social care staffing given rise in patients stuck in hospital

Given the cost-of-living pressures that workers face, we need to look at a higher rates of pay and payment for time spent travelling between clients, as I argued for when I led a debate at Holyrood on the issue last year. Alison Johnstone MSP The Scottish Greens are calling for...

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Tackle child poverty by making childcare flexible & affordable & by uprating devolved benefits in line with inflation

Tackle child poverty by making childcare flexible & affordable & by uprating devolved benefits in line with inflation

I previously pressed for devolved benefits to be uprated in line with inflation but my amendments to the government's social security bill were rejected. Alison Johnstone MSP We’re backing calls by social researchers for the Scottish Government to tackle child poverty by making childcare more flexible and affordable, and by...

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Momentum toward 20mph growing with new health backing & Wales joining the race

The backing of the Faculty of Public Health in Scotland adds to the professional expertise which says reducing the limit makes plenty of sense if we want to save lives and have healthier communities. Mark Ruskell MSP The Scottish Greens today (2 Oct) said momentum toward 20mph speed limits in...

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Labour Conference Adopts Policy Pioneered by the SSP

Photo: Craig Maclean by Richie Venton Hot on the heels of the TUC congress unanimously adopting the pioneering new policy of a guaranteed minimum 16-hour working week – instead of the abomination of zero and short-hours contracts – so too has the Labour Party conference, in a composite Motion on...

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Campaign to save Loch Lomond from controversial development receives boost

The strength of feeling from across Scotland is giving a huge boost to our local campaign. Ross Greer MSP The campaign to save ancient woodland and public land on the shores of Loch Lomond from a controversial hotel and monorail development has received a major boost after over 20,000 objections...

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Climate Weak: Scot Gov claim to be world leader is becoming absurd

Mark Ruskell MSP Mid Scotland and Fife Climate, Energy, Environment, Food & Farming TwitterFacebookWebsite This week the Scottish Government is running a five-day “Climate Week”, no doubt celebratory in tone, but there are three key areas where their claims of being a “world leader in climate change” are becoming absurd....

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We need a Scottish immigration policy based on our humanitarian & welcoming culture

Maggie Chapman Co-convenor TwitterFacebookWebsite Immigration has been central to the politics of the EU Referendum. People in most political parties supporting the Leave campaign got involved in immigrant bashing. People in most political parties on the remain side talked about “controls on immigration”. We had vans being driven round our...

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Johnstone hits out at Scottish Ministers over lack of urgency on children’s services at St John’s

Johnstone hits out at Scottish Ministers over lack of urgency on children’s services at St John’s

There is an ongoing lack of urgency in this matter and the Scottish Government must stress to NHS Lothian that this is unacceptable and set a target date for the re-opening of the inpatient paediatric ward. Alison Johnstone MSP Alison Johnstone, Health spokesperson for the Scottish Greens and MSP for...

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Climate reputation will be a sham warns Harvie

Greens were the only party not jumping for joy at the discovery of even more fossil fuel reserves. Patrick Harvie MSP The government’s reputation on tackling climate change will be branded a sham if it continues to give the fossil fuel industry the message that it should “keep on drilling”...

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Green proposals will be at the core of Scotland’s social security system

Green proposals will be at the core of Scotland’s social security system

I welcome the Cabinet Secretary’s commitment that the assessments will be 'markedly' reduced, in line with the Green approach. Alison Johnstone MSP Scottish Greens social security spokesperson Alison Johnstone today (26 Sep) welcomed a new approach to assessments for disability benefits under Scotland’s devolved social security system. Earlier this year,...

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While Labour make promises, we’re getting on with delivering progress in Scotland

Jeremy Corbyn is today making his keynote speech that will close Labour’s annual conference. His speech made a raft of promises – many of them for policies that are being delivered here in Scotland right now. Here’s just a few ways that, in Scotland, we’re getting on with delivering progress....

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Food insecurity must prompt SNP Ministers to think again about top-up of Child Benefit

Food insecurity must prompt SNP Ministers to think again about top-up of Child Benefit

I hope in light of the new findings on food insecurity SNP Ministers think again about a £5-a-week top-up of Child Benefit and finish the job on mitigating the Benefit Cap, to ensure families no longer go hungry. Alison Johnstone MSP Scottish Greens health spokesperson Alison Johnstone MSP is calling...

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7 ways we’re keeping homes affordable

We believe that everyone in Scotland deserves a warm, affordable home. In government, we’re building more homes, we’re helping people buy their first home, we’re tackling fuel poverty and we’re ensuring tenants in the private rented sector don’t get ripped off. We’ve achieved a lot in the last ten years...

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Safer streets a step nearer as Ruskell publishes member’s bill

It's clear that a lower limit will mean safer streets, and I'm delighted that my bill enjoys widespread public support, the backing of safety groups, health experts, local authority chiefs and campaigners such as Mark Beaumont. Mark Ruskell MSP Safer streets are a step nearer after Scottish Green MSP Mark...

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Labour more shameless than the Tories on Brexit

Just when you thought the UK Government’s shambolic Brexit negotiations couldn’t get any worse, we had the embarrassing spectacle of the EU summit in Salzburg. Theresa May had to be told, once again, that her universally panned Chequers plan was dead in the water. We now have six months to...

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For Yes to win next time, and there will be a next time, we too need to up our game

I was encouraged this week to hear from Sky News about their plans to set up an independent commission to oversee Leaders Debates in future General Elections. In the SNP we have always been prepared to participate in televised leaders debates but the failure of other parties to agree to...

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Anti-fracking campaigners who exercise their democratic right to protest are heroes

Patrick Harvie MSP Glasgow Finance, Economy, Fair Work, Equalities TwitterFacebookWebsite What does a “domestic extremist” look like? Someone wearing a red baseball cap emblazoned with slogans claiming to make their country “great again”? A far-right thug who uses the threat of violence in an attempt to intimidate anyone who looks...

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Greer welcomes judgement from Court of Session on Article 50 case

If negotiations collapse, as appears to be happening, we have to know that a No-Deal disaster is not the only option on the table. Ross Greer MSP The Court of Session today issued an opinion in favour of a group of politicians, which means that they can ask the European...

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20mph speed limit in built-up areas would save the public up to £40m a year

This bill will save lives, make our living spaces more pleasant, and, in the long run save money. Mark Ruskell MSP A 20mph speed limit in built-up areas, as proposed by Scottish Green MSP Mark Ruskell, would save the public between £7.8m and £39.9m per year, a new report by...

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Our plan for Scotland: Delivering for all communities

Nicola Sturgeon has announced the Scottish Government’s plan for the next year – the Programme for Government. Here are just some of the things the SNP Scottish Government is doing to support Scotland’s diverse communities. We will develop a Rural Economy Action Plan, which will steer our transition to more...

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Greens vote to scrap p1 standardised testing

The whole concept of standardised testing does more harm than good to our young people. Ross Greer MSP The Standardised Testing of primary one pupils faces an uncertain future after Greens and other opposition parties at Holyrood voted to scrap them. Ross Greer, the Scottish Greens’ education spokesperson says the...

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Plans for public toilets and water fountains backed by MSPs

Accessing a toilet is a basic human right, yet it’s one that’s being overlooked with increasing frequency. Alison Johnstone MSP Councils could soon be obliged to consider how the provision of public toilets and water fountains could be improved after a Green MSP’s amendments to the planning bill were backed...

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Greens progress seaweed dredging ban at Holyrood

We want to give communities the assurances they need while fully supporting existing, sustainable seaweed harvesting arrangements Mark Ruskell MSP A ban on the dredging of seaweed around Scotland’s coastline has become more likely after a Holyrood committee today voted in favour of a Green MSP’s amendment to the Scottish...

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Broken promises by Tories and No campaign since #IndyRef

It has now been four years since Scotland was told by the Tory Westminster government and No campaign that in 2014 the way to protect Scotland’s place in Europe was to vote No, we now find ourselves being dragged out of the EU against our will and towards an extreme...

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National Assemblies: what our members said

Over the past month we have held three National Assemblies in Ayr, Aviemore and Edinburgh on the opportunities of independence. Each event was buzzing with enthusiastic conversation and debate on how Scotland can reach its full potential. We asked some of the members that attended what they thought of the...

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Let’s consign a decade of Tory austerity to the dustbin of history

This week marks a decade since the financial crisis of 2008, where UK taxpayers were forced to pay billions to bail out the banks – after their reckless ­profiteering left the ­financial system on the verge of collapse. Ten years might have gone by but millions of families across the...

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Voice Forum Calls For Indy Left Alternative to Growth Commission

Andrew Wilson’s Growth Commission must be urgently replaced with a progressive alternative if a majority Yes vote is to be won in a second independence referendum. That was the view of a packed Scottish Socialist Voice Forum in Edinburgh on Saturday. It roundly condemned the neoliberal Growth Commission and called...

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Join our Day of Action and help us learn where the nation is

My first recollection of door knocking for the SNP was during a wintry Council by election in Broughty Ferry in the mid 80s. While the SNP won, support for independence was a long way behind support for our candidate, Ken Guild. Indeed, at 11-12%, it is interesting that now support...

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Our plan for a fairer and more equal Scotland

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced the Scottish Government’s plans for the year ahead. It’s a plan that seeks to fulfill our high ambition for a Scotland where every person and community is able to achieve their full potential. Here’s how we’ll do that. Tackling poverty and inequality We will...

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We cannot sweep food ethics under the carpet or consumers will take their money elsewhere

Mark Ruskell MSP Mid Scotland and Fife Climate, Energy, Environment, Food & Farming TwitterFacebookWebsite As Scotland’s annual Food and Drink Fortnight comes to a close this weekend, the past two weeks have left us with plenty of food for thought about how we produce, consume and market our food. This...

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