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Scottish Parliament: Russian Ban on European Union Food Imports (19 August 2014)

Richard Lochhead: ...situation is therefore serious, and if the fleet is allowed to bank some of this year’s quota for next year, it will help to alleviate some of the pressure. We are making representations to the European Union and, as I have said, we are seeking the UK Government’s support in that. As for marketing, a trade mission from Scotland is travelling this week to a seafood event in...

Scottish Parliament: Ferguson Shipbuilders (19 August 2014) See 2 other results from this debate

John Swinney: ...offered individual tailored support to each of those employees through our partnership action for continuing employment initiative, and we will work with KPMG, as the administrator, and with the trade unions to ensure that we deliver the best, most practical and most personal support that we can deliver. We have also established a task force, with the aims of retaining a functioning...

Scottish Parliament: NHS Scotland (19 August 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Alex Neil: ...’t dare say so before now.” Perhaps the no campaign would have us believe that, despite the warnings of the Labour Party in England, Labour in Wales, the Jarrow marchers and myriad warnings from trade unions, the Tories are actually privatising the health service in order to increase public spending. As Mark Drakeford outlined, we already know that the Tories’ spending...

Scottish Parliament: Revenue Scotland and Tax Powers Bill (19 August 2014)

Kenneth Gibson: ...with the matters before them, which will ensure that procedures are dealt with and will eliminate unnecessary bureaucracy. With the support of the committee and the cabinet secretary, as well as contributors such as the Scottish Trades Union Congress and Unison, further amendments were added to the general anti-avoidance rule. As it is the fundamental cornerstone of the bill, the...

Previous Business – Commons: Select Committee (14 August 2014)

Scottish Affairs: The Referendum on Separation for Scotland. 10:15 am
Witnesses: Eric McLeod, GMB Convenor Trade Union Secretary, Babcock International Group, Kenny Jordan, Regional Secretary, CSEU Scotland, Ronnie Taylor, Software Engineer and Unite Shop Steward, Thales UK and Jim Bredin, Deputy Convenor, Thales Group UK; Joanne Segars, Chief Executive, National Association of Pension Funds

Scottish Parliament: Engagements (14 August 2014)

Alex Salmond: In relation to the suggestion that I made that the unionist parties were trying to create instability, I will cite what the principal of the University of Glasgow, Professor Anton Muscatelli, said in an article in the Financial Times. He said: “The most damaging prospect to the rest of the UK from rejecting a sterling currency union is what it will do to its own trade and business...

Scottish Parliament: Exports (13 August 2014)

Fergus Ewing: .... Another point is that, with independence, we can have a different approach. For example, we can work more closely with the workforce representatives. I notice that Grahame Smith from the Scottish Trades Union Congress is in the public gallery listening to this. We can have a better, closer and more reasonable relationship in which we work together as team Scotland to build and support...

Scottish Parliament: Progressive Workplace Policies (13 August 2014) See 10 other results from this debate

Angela Constance: ...to review progressive workplace policies in the public and private sectors, to identify opportunities for innovation that would enhance productivity, and to highlight good practice and recommend how we build on it to optimise the relationships that link trade unions, employers and Government. As expected, the report is substantive. The recommendation section says: “Our report...

Scottish Parliament: Economic Opportunities of Independence (12 August 2014) See 2 other results from this debate

Kenneth Gibson: ...taken out of Scotland over many years. The Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Employment and Sustainable Growth explored the economic opportunities that would open up to an independent Scotland, but unionist MSPs can say only what we cannot do, or hypothesise about how it would all probably end in disaster. Far better—they say—to let Westminster keep calling the shots and for us...

Scottish Parliament: Gaza (12 August 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Drew Smith: ...Jim Hume for supporting my motion. I look forward to their contributions to the debate. I also refer members to my entry in the register of members’ interests as a former member of the Scottish Trades Union Congress general council, as I will refer to the delegation to Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories that I joined while I was a member. In Scotland, as elsewhere in the...

Scottish Parliament: Prime Minister (Meetings) (7 August 2014)

Ruth Davidson: It is a slightly kamikaze approach from the First Minister to quote newspapers today. We can all trade quotes. He is so predictable that I have in front of me the text of the interview in June to which he refers: “I think we’ve got to have a look at what is best for Scotland. ... I think the monetary union we have is the best possible option for Scotland, which is why I’m...

Scottish Parliament: Employment Tribunal Fees (Youth and Women’s Employment) (6 August 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Alison Johnstone: The Trades Union Congress has said that women have, indeed, been among the biggest losers. A year down the line, now that we have the data, we see that equal pay claims have dropped by 84 per cent and sex discrimination cases are down by 81 per cent. Now that we are beginning to see the effects of the changes, will the cabinet secretary write to the United Kingdom Government again supporting...

Scottish Parliament: Trident (6 August 2014) See 2 other results from this debate

Neil Findlay: ...to go but could not for other reasons. I have been an opponent of nuclear weapons all my adult life, and my position is reflected by many people in the Labour Party and across the wider labour and trade union movement, so the fact that there are different views and opinions on nuclear weapons and Trident renewal is hardly a revelation or a secret. As Iain Gray pointed out, there have been...

Written Ministerial Statements — House of Lords: Russia and Ukraine: Restrictive Measures (30 July 2014)

Baroness Warsi: ...and exchanges with the Russian Federation. These restrictive measures will: limit access to EU primary and secondary capital markets for Russian state-owned financial institutions; impose an embargo on trade in arms; establish an export ban for dual use goods for military end users; and curtail Russian access to certain sensitive technologies that can be used for oil production and...

Armed Forces (Service Complaints and Financial Assistance) Bill [HL]: Report (29 July 2014)

The Bishop of Sheffield: My Lords, from these Benches I welcome the amendment in the name of the noble Lord, Lord Kennedy, and give it our full support. The amendment gives strong support to the setting up of a credit union for the Armed Forces and their families in a similar way in which the church is setting up its own credit union—the Churches’ Mutual Credit Union. The Armed Forces, like the clergy and...

European Union Committee: Report on 2013-14 (EUC Report) — Motion to Take Note (24 July 2014) See 3 other results from this debate

Lord Wallace of Saltaire: ...been very closely engaged with this issue since publication and, indeed, took a case to the European Court of Justice on that issue to raise the question of how far it would be appropriate for the European Union to move on that subject. We remain actively engaged. The noble Lord, Lord Tugendhat, talked about the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. That will be a central but...

Agriculture and Food Industry — Motion to Take Note (24 July 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Lord Grantchester: ...regard, I chaired Dairy Farmers of Britain, which managed liquid dairies and an ingredients factory as well as engaging in hard and soft cheese manufacturing. Through the reduction of international trade barriers, agriculture now has to have a global outlook, and we must be aware of the different perspectives that this can bring. From the top down, we have to be concerned with the health...

Qatar: Migrant Workers — Question (24 July 2014)

Lord Dubs: Will the Minister confirm that workers are not allowed to join trade unions in Qatar? If they were, might not some of the problems we are talking about be better dealt with?

Criminal Justice and Courts Bill — Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) (23 July 2014)

Lord Beecham: ...’s amendment but on a range of issues in a way that adversely affects claimants and generally favours insurers. Whenever the Labour Party makes a proposition that affects working people and trade unions, it is accused of being in the pockets of trade union leaders, dancing to Len McCluskey’s tune. If that is a legitimate comment for the Conservative Party to make about the...

Euro Area Crisis Update (EUC Report) — Question for Short Debate (23 July 2014)

Lord Newby: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Harrison, and European Union Sub-Committee A for publishing the updated report. I also thank members of the sub-committee for organising the debate, and everybody who has spoken. It is blindingly obvious that a stable euro area is in Britain’s interests. Some 40% of UK goods and services exports go to the euro area and the economic uncertainty...

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