STUC

Motions and documents relating to the STUC  - the Scottish Trade Union Congress held annually in differing locations across Scotland. It has been refered to as the "Worker's Parliament".

UKIP

2014 saw the decline of far-right political party's and groups such as the English Defence League, Britain First and the BNP. Whilst this is to be welcomed, it should not be forgotten that such groups are still active and still require monitoring by trade unionists and anti-fascist organisations.

Congress believes that with the decline of such groups; especially the BNP, the main threat will come at the ballot box from the United Kingdom Independence Party at this May's General Election.

Congress is concerned with UKIP's evident growing support within sections of the electorate and UKIP's populist, anti-immigration rhetoric, which is setting the UK political agenda. Unfortunately, mainstream party’s are reacting to UKIP's anti-immigration hysteria and by doing so are helping set immigration as a general election issue when the real focus should be on the savage austerity cuts made by the current Government to ordinary working people of all races.

It should also be noted that the true character of UKIP is one that is to the right of the present
Government and one that champions the 'Boss Class' through its support of 'free
schools', fracking, caps on the benefit system, abolition of Inheritance tax and redundancy pay, repealing of Human Rights & Climate Change Act, slashing maternity pay & reducing sick pay.

UKIP currently have an estimated 14-16% of the vote, 2 MP's, 24 MEP's and 127 County
Councillors.

Congress agrees to further expose the anti-immigration and big business agenda of UKIP

  • By urging all parties contesting the general election not to make curbs on immigration a central theme
  • By convening a conference on the casualisation of labour markets exposing the true causes of low wages and the loss of employment security
  • By working with anti-racist organisations such as Hope not Hate & Unite Against Fascism.

 

Trident and Defence Diversification

1. Congress reaffirms its opposition to Trident and resolves to work together with Scottish CND and the Scrap Trident coalition to win a vote against Trident in the UK parliament in 2016.

2. Congress welcomes the work done on defence diversification. It calls on the Scottish Government to establish a Scottish Defence Diversification Agency which is adequately resourced to engage with trade union representatives to implement realistic plans for defence diversification in the event of cancelling Trident and the closure of other defence establishments.

The EU and democratic control over Scotland’s economy.

Congress reaffirms its call for a Scottish parliament with effective powers to promote Scotland’s economic development, to intervene industrially in case of failing enterprises, to respond to market failure and to provide for the comprehensive planning of infrastructure and essential services through public ownership. 

Congress notes that. despite the greater tax powers agreed by the Smith Commission and embodied in subsequent legislation, the Scottish Parliament remains barred from any effective public sector intervention by EU Treaty clauses that prohibit ‘state aid’ and mandate competition in almost all sectors of the economy.

Congress believes that these clauses represent a negation of the democracy of the Scottish people.

Congress sees this negation of democracy as embodied in the current negotiations of the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Treaty. It notes that the EU Commission’s exclusive power over trade negotiations have allowed it to conduct discussions with the US in conditions of secrecy that have maximised access for big business and minimised access for trade unions and the representatives of civic society. The implementation of TTIP will still further inhibit any ability of the Scottish government to exercise democratic control over the Scottish economy, to protect labour standards and to safeguard the livelihoods of the Scottish people.

Congress expresses its outright opposition to TTIP and calls on the General Council to campaign for the recovery of democratic rights over economic development.