Richie Venton

Richie Vention Scottish Socialist Party: National Trade Union and Workplace Organiser   POVERTY PAY SCANDAL WORSENS   New figures on low pay reinforce the importance of the campaign by the SSP for an immediate £10-an-hour minimum wage. And the urgency of pounding union leaderships into taking action in pursuit of this policy, which was agreed unanimously at the 2014 TUC conference. A new publiciation by KPMG has revealed that 450,000 workers in Scotland – one in every five workers – earn below the so-called Living Wage, which was £7.85 at the time of their research, but has been uprated this …

SOCIAL PARTNERSHIP: PITFALLS AND TRAPS FOR WORKERS

As the Tories take a claw hammer to workers’ rights, and swing their wrecking ball at jobs, wages, tax credits and public services, it’s no wonder workers search for a political alternative. The cream of the Scottish working class has joined the SSP, the socialist contingent of the 630,000-strong trade union movement. They are rightly attracted by the SSP’s track record of solidarity with workers in struggle; unflinching fight for an immediate £10 minimum wage for all at 16; our advocacy of democratic public ownership, and our tireless campaigning for a charter of workers’ rights, as a core human right. …

SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT & COUNCILS: DEFEND UNIONS – DEFY CUTS

Thursday, 17 September 2015   Fury at the implications of the Tory Trade Union Bill is already erupting, and pushing politicians in Scotland into very welcome promises not to comply with some of the measures it contains. Three of the numerous assaults on workers’ civil and trade union rights are: removal of the 42-year-old ban on using agency staff to replace strikers; and dictatorial powers for Westminster to over-rule agreements between recognized unions and Scottish public authorities – the Scottish government, councils, NHS Boards, etc – to deduct union fees at source (the ‘check off’ system), and grant facility time …

Richie Venton: A WARNING NOTE TOTHE TORIES

Thursday, 10 September 2015 A WARNING NOTE TO THE TORIES SUBMISSION ON 2015 TRADE UNION BILL & ASSOCIATED CONSULTATIONS ON BEHALF OF THE SCOTTISH SOCIALIST PARTY by Richie Venton, SSP national trade union organiser We submit these comments on the Trade Union Bill and associated ‘consultations’ in the full knowledge that the Tory regime has little or no intention of heeding the submissions of the trade union movement and its political allies, in their pursuit of crushing the power and influence of working people. These pretend-consultations are an exercise in deceit; camouflage for a government with no popular majority mandate to …