In these days of rapid economic change, when employers want as much freedom as possible to hire and fire; to ' downsize' or to make 'efficiency savings'; it is vital that employees know their rights ( particularly if they are on fixed term contracts). Edinburgh TUC campaigns to make advice and assistance available - and to make people aware that getting your rights recognised is beneficial but is no substitute for collective organisation and collective bargaining.
Edinburgh TUC provides support to the Scottish Employment Rights Network ( SERN). This network involves about 50 organisations in Scotland. The Network organises training. It organises support on employment rights and Tribunal representation. Organisations and individuals can join the Network. For further details contact SERN c/o Edinburgh TUC.
Edinburgh TUC watched with interest the result of the election on May 1st. It noted the election of 4 new MSPs ( Members of the Scottish Parliament) for the Edinburgh/ Lothian area.
It seems to be the general view that there has been a shift to the left with the election of another Green MSP and an SSP MSP. It seems to be the general consensus that anti war voters expressed their dissatisfaction with Tony Blair in a way that led to the loss of the Edinburgh South seat ( Labour to Liberal Democrat ); that contributed to the loss of Edinburgh Pentlands ( Labour to Conservative).
We are hoping to convene a meeting in September that will allow a dialogue between the new MSPs and local representatives of the parties in the Parliament and local trade unionists.
Edinburgh TUC is very interested in Internationalist issues. We are affiliated to the Scottish Cuba Solidarity Campaign, the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign and Action for Southern Africa.
For many years we have studied the situation in the Middle East. We have been opposed to the Government action in the Middle East and the recent war. Here is a view of an anti war rally in Glasgow in the autumn of 2002. A delegation from Edinburgh TUC was on the march that preceded the rally. The view is from the open top bus, from which speeches were made, across George Square to the City Chambers.