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Women firefighters aim to smash the barriers to equality in the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service

Equality Award recipients with Humza Yousaf, First Minister of Scotland.The recipients of this year’s STUC Equality Award are three women who, with the full backing of the Fire Brigade Union (FBU), are breaking new ground in the battle to rid the Fire and Rescue Service of discrimination and creating a work culture which is open to all, irrespective of gender or race. Working in partnership with the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS), FBU reps Rachel Rogers, Kerry McCrone and Seona Hart are campaigning for lasting change.  

The Fire and Rescue Service in Scotland (and the rest of the UK) remains woefully under representative of our communities. Statistics from the SFRS evidence that women make up only 14% of the workforce, of which only 6% are employed in wholetime firefighting roles. Statistics for ethnicity are even worse with only 1.4% of SFRS staff identifying as being from an ethnic minority background.

Inspiring CWU ULR in Dundee receives the Helen Dowie Award for Lifelong Learning

John McAlinden receiving award from Humza YousafOn Tuesday 16th April, STUC Congress announced the recipient of the Helen Dowie Award for Lifelong Learning to be John McAlinden of the Communication Workers Union (CWU). The annual award, presented by First Minister Humza Yousaf at the STUC annual congress in Dundee this week, celebrates the achievements of Scotland’s trade union representatives, promoting lifelong learning and skills development within workplaces and across the trade union movement. 

In a rapidly changing technological environment, workforce development and ultimately job security relies on regular upskilling, particularly for communication workers. John worked hard to ensure delivery of the programme continued throughout the COVID19 pandemic and further develops new models of delivery as workers and learning providers continue to adapt to new ways of learning and studying. John is well equipped to respond to the changing needs and demands of CWU members in developing their workplace and career skills.

Fully-Funded OU Microcredentials starting June/July 2024 (APPLICATIONS NOW CLOSED)

SUL OU logosToday, Scottish Union Learning held an information session on the application process for the next round of fully funded OU Microcredentials beginning June/July 2024.

Click here to view the information session on Zoom, including full audio transcript, or view via YouTube below:

Writers speak oot in Dundee

Speak Oot event flyerJoin an in-conversation event with Pat Nevin (ex-footballer), Denise Christie (Scottish Trades Union Congress) and musician Paul Simpson (The Teardrop Explodes / The Wild Swans). The event will celebrate working class culture covering the themes of music, football and politics. There will also be an opportunity to buy signed copies of Pat and Paul’s recently published books.

Young rail worker shows how union-led learning can impact on workforce development

Ross Henderson receiving award form Humza YousafThe recipient for the STUC Scottish Union Learning Learner of the Year Award 2024 is RMT member Ross Henderson. 

The annual award, presented by First Minister Humza Yousaf at the STUC annual congress in Dundee this week, celebrates the achievements of Scotland’s trade unionist workplace learners. 

After joining Scotrail as a Customer Service apprentice, just after lockdown had ended in 2020, Ross undertook a range of new union-provided courses including one on deaf awareness. This is particularly important given the noisy environment often found in major train stations.

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