Results 1–20 of 56 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Hugh Gaffney

Male Suicide — [Joan Ryan in the Chair] (13 Dec 2017)

Hugh Gaffney: I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Rutherglen and Hamilton West (Ged Killen) for bringing this debate forward. As a trade union rep in the Royal Mail, which is male-dominated, I spoke to many men over the decades who had got to the final point, and said, “Think about it.” That did not stop one of my members taking his own life just last year. He was the life and soul of the...

Work Capability Assessments — [Siobhain McDonagh in the Chair] (13 Dec 2017)

Hugh Gaffney: The hon. Gentleman mentions capabilities with reference to individuals. Is the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 also included in those capabilities when assessments are carried out?

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Royal Mail Privatisation (12 Dec 2017)

Hugh Gaffney: What assessment he has made of the effect of the privatisation of Royal Mail on employment standards in the postal industry.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Royal Mail Privatisation (12 Dec 2017)

Hugh Gaffney: Today is postal workers day, and I am sure the House would like to thank all postal workers in Royal Mail and Parcelforce for the good work they do all year round, six days a week, in all kinds of weather across the UK. Royal Mail was not for sale. Under this Government and privatisation, its employees face worse pay and conditions and attacks on pensions, along with the threat of more job...

Youth Employment — [Mrs Madeleine Moon in the Chair] (6 Dec 2017)

Hugh Gaffney: The hon. Gentleman has talked a lot about the promises and the future in education, and so on. What children need in life is the real living wage, which should be £10 an hour; a real start in life; and social housing for young ones.

Youth Employment — [Mrs Madeleine Moon in the Chair] (6 Dec 2017)

Hugh Gaffney: The hon. Gentleman is talking about employment. We all welcome seeing young people go up the ladder—although I do not welcome zero-hours contracts—but a trend has started in the places in Scotland that he is talking about of young people taking jobs in return for work experience. One youth has worked 13 hours for three weeks, but he has not been paid for it because employers know...

Universal Credit Project Assessment Reviews (5 Dec 2017)

Hugh Gaffney: Would the hon. Gentleman agree that the system is broken? Food bank use has so increased since his Government came to office that people are worried they will not have enough food this year.

Universal Credit Project Assessment Reviews (5 Dec 2017)

Hugh Gaffney: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Public Sector Pay — [David Hanson in the Chair] (4 Dec 2017)

Hugh Gaffney: GS day is coming. My hon. Friend just touched on it. Public sector workers have had enough. Working men and women in all sectors, both public and private, have had enough. The race to the bottom has to stop. How much longer do the Government expect workers to wait? Workers should keep pushing: breaking point is coming. I urge all workers to join a trade union, get themselves a voice and...

State Pension Age: Women (29 Nov 2017)

Hugh Gaffney: Thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker, for allowing me the opportunity to speak. I only arrived in this House in June this year and on 21 November I led my first Westminster Hall debate, on the state pension age. I was grateful to the many Opposition Members who attended and spoke up for women in their area and across the country. I was even more grateful to the many WASPI women who turned up in...

Backbench Business: Dr Elsie Inglis and Women’s Contribution to World War One — [Philip Davies in the Chair] (28 Nov 2017)

Hugh Gaffney: Mary Barbour—who, along with many other great women, stood up for this country—will be getting a statue in January, in Govan, Glasgow, where she came from. The statue also includes ordinary people—Mary Barbour’s Army—marching behind her. This is the first time there will be a statue of ordinary children and women, and it will soon be unveiled in Govan, Mary...

Backbench Business: Dr Elsie Inglis and Women’s Contribution to World War One — [Philip Davies in the Chair] (28 Nov 2017)

Hugh Gaffney: Dr Inglis, like Keir Hardie, supported the suffragettes; that is where the link with the miners may come in. Both opposed the war, but both were there to help out when the time came.

State Pension Age (21 Nov 2017)

Hugh Gaffney: I thank everybody who took part in this debate. I was disappointed by the lack of Tory Back Benchers taking the opportunity to speak and maybe defend themselves, but I counted 21 people involved in this hour-long debate. Thank you, Mr Hollobone, for allowing that to happen. It shows the seriousness of this debate. This debate has not finished. It has not stopped. We will continue. I see a...

State Pension Age (21 Nov 2017)

Hugh Gaffney: I beg to move, That this House has considered the state pension age. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Hollobone. I am not minded to take many interventions, because I have a lengthy set of remarks, and I want as many colleagues to be able to speak as possible. It is a pleasure for me to lead my first Westminster Hall debate since being elected to serve the people of...

State Pension Age (21 Nov 2017)

Hugh Gaffney: I support those points. I have spent my career to date working for Royal Mail. Those 30 years saw early mornings—in Scotland, cold mornings—and lots of stairs and walking. I am lucky; I am now a Member of this House and spend more time being able to rest my knees, but many of the men and women I worked with are getting older. We all are, and age has an impact on our ability to do...

State Pension Age (21 Nov 2017)

Hugh Gaffney: I will come to the WASPI situation later on. I now have a platform to speak up for the people I worked with, who are still working until the age of 66, 68 and beyond, and their rights and futures and the future of all working people. That is why I am here. The same goes for the nurses that keep us, our families and constituents alive, the firefighters who do what they can to keep us safe from...

State Pension Age (21 Nov 2017)

Hugh Gaffney: I agree and thank my hon. Friend for making that point. In Scotland, life does seem a wee bit harder and people experience more wear and tear. What a disgraceful situation we are in. The Government not only want our public sector workers, those on the frontline, to work longer, but refuse to lift fully the public sector pay cap. Since 2010, NHS professionals such as paramedics have seen their...

State Pension Age (21 Nov 2017)

Hugh Gaffney: Yes, I do. For your sake, Mr Hollobone, I point out that I will not take any more interventions and will finish my speech, but I thank my hon. Friend for making that point. My hon. Friend the Member for Easington (Grahame Morris) has applied to the Backbench Business Committee for a debate on the WASPI women. I am a sponsor of that request, along with my hon. Friend the Member for North...

State Pension Age (21 Nov 2017)

Hugh Gaffney: I am very glad that I took that intervention; I thank my hon. Friend for that news. I am sure that the hon. Member for Paisley and Renfrewshire South (Mhairi Black) will feel the same. Hon. Members on both sides of the House rightly feel strongly about the impact of changes to the state pension age on women who are affected purely because of their date of birth. That is obviously not fair or...


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