Scottish and Edinburgh Trade Union News
Employment Rights Network (SERN)
The Network is serviced by Edinburgh TUC. For the network
a Newsletter for May 2003 has just been published. The articles
* New Holiday Pay Rights
* Redundancies and employers use of ' skills matrices '
* Dependant Care Leave - EAT Decision
* Risk Assessments and Disability Discrimination
* Tribunal costs of £ 3,000 awarded against applicant
The Fireworkers Dispute
Edinburgh Trade Union Council has fully supported
the Fireworkers in their fight for a decent wage settlement and
was represented on many marches and rallies. Here are two images
from a march and rally earlier this year in Glasgow.
The Employment Appeal Tribunal has its own website
that lists all its decisions.
INFORMATION ON EMPLOYMENT RIGHTS
The National Association of Citizen Advice Bureaux have
set an information web
site that covers the full range of advice that is offered
by CABs. It includes a useful section on employment law/ rights.
EMPLOYMENT TRIBUNAL REPESENTATION
Edinburgh TUC can now offer advice, support and representation
to the public on Employment Tribunal applications. Representation
is usually on a no win - no fee basis. For further information
contact Edinburgh TUC on 0131 556 3006 or email.
Parliament is on line. There is a news
section. All the MSPs ( Members of the Scottish Parliament)
have individual email addresses.
Edinburgh TUC has written to the Edinburgh MSP's calling
for a dialogue between our local MSP's and local trade unionists
and their organisations.
Edinburgh TUC has suggested that the dialogue take place
at a public meeting during the second half of September 2003.
THE ANTI WAR CAMPAIGN - IMAGES OF PROTEST
- assembling in Glasgow Green for the monster march
and rally on 15th February
- peace campaigners assemble in Glasgow Green
- on the march the Edinburgh Stop the War Campaign
banner & the EIS banner
- the campaign continued after war started in March.
Here there is an image of the mass sit down protest
in Princes Street, Edinburgh
- looking in the other direction during the sit
Connections: - Scotland and Ireland
On a recent visit to Dublin the Secretary
of Edinburgh TUC made a point of visiting the Memorial
to James Connolly, the Irish trade union and labour movement leader.
The Memorial is situated across
the street from Liberty Hall which used to be the headquarters
of the Irish Transport & General Workers Union.
James Connolly was brought up in Edinburgh
and, at the turn of the century, was a delegate to Edinburgh Trade
International Workers Memorial Day - 28th April 2003
The Day was marked in Edinburgh by a ceremony around the Memorial
Tree in West Princes Street Gardens.
The purpose of the Day and the ceremony is to remember all
those who have been killed and injured in accidents at work over
the last year. Participants also pledge to continue to campaign
for better health and safety conditions at work.
The Ray Wolff Memorial Trust
Edinburgh TUC has received a bequest from the estate of Ray
Wolff to set up a charitable Trust to promote education and training
amongst trade unionists. This purpose includes health and safety
education and training. It also includes the development of international
links between trade union organisations.
Edinburgh TUC will shortly be circulating a leaflet about
the Trust around the local trade union and labour movement. The
leaflet will invite people and organisations to make contributions
to top up the Trust and to remember it when people consider their
* Ray Wolff came to Edinburgh as a refugee from Nazi Germany.
Many of his relatives died in concentration camps. Ray served
as a delegate to Edinburgh TUC from his union branch ( now AMICUS
-MSF Edinburgh General Branch ) for over forty years. He served
for a long time as a member of the Council's Executive Committee
and as a Trustee. He served as the President of Council.
He made a great contribution to the local trade union and
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