Bulletin no 400/06 14 March 2006
Distribution One Per Member
1. COUNCIL 3 MARCH 2006
2. LIFE MEMBERSHIP
3. STUC CONGRESS
a) CBI COMMENT ON PUBLIC SECTOR PENSIONS
Congress deplores and condemns recent statements made by officials of the CBI in relation to pension arrangements for public service workers. Congress notes with extreme disquiet that the pension arrangements of some highly paid executives within the CBI and in the private sector generally are well kept secrets but that very large payments of both a contractual and non-contractual nature continue to be made to such executives on their departure from post. It is further noted that such payments seem often not to be merited by the performance of the executives' companies during their periods of employment. Congress reminds those in such positions that comment by them on the pension arrangements of those earning only a small fraction of the large salaries paid to senior private sector officials is totally inappropriate.
b) VIOLENCE IN THE WORKPLACE
Congress recognises the continuing problems associated with violence in the workplace and notes that violence can take many forms. Congress notes with particular concern that much violent behaviour is observed among young people within the school environment and in other public places. Congress commends action intended to deal with such violence but believes that such action must include early intervention with the provision of adequate resources. Congress calls on the Scottish Executive to provide effective measures to make offenders aware of the implications of their misbehaviour, with a view to providing support, where necessary, to ensure that such behaviour is dealt with at the earliest possible stage.
c) STUDENT DEBT
Most Scottish students studying at universities in Scotland have to rely on ‘student loans' to fund accommodation, living expenses and course costs. Some also have to find fees for courses. Social work and education departments in Scotland are desperately short staffed. Meantime English Local Authorities are advertising for students to apply for Initial Teacher Education courses with ‘golden handshakes' of approximately £4,000. We need a radical solution. Congress calls on the Scottish Executive to:
• Make a commitment to the introduction of a system whereby those entering state sector employment from Higher education do so without an accumulation of debt built up as a result of the period of studies.
• Investigate in particular the widely used system of cancelling a portion of the accrued student loan for every year's service as a Teacher, Social Worker or other essential public service employee.
4. APPOINTMENTS TO TEMPORARY OR ACTING PROMOTED POSTS
5. PRE-RETIREMENT COURSES
6. LAWLINE SERVICE
7. TAX REBATE ON SUBSCRIPTIONS
8. HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN AN SSTA MEMBER?
ALBERT MCKAY, President
DAVID EAGLESHAM, General Secretary