Aberdeenshire UNISON

STUC 119th Annual Congress 18th - 20th April 2016
Caird Hall, Dundee

Susan speaks out at STUC

Branch Secretary Inez Teece, and Assistant Branch Secretary, Susan Kennedy were both elected as UNISON delegates to this year's STUC Congress in Dundee. Susan spoke twice in the debate, on education funding and PFI.

All reports of UNISON speakers in the debate can be seen on the UNISON Scotland website and blog.

Susan Kennedy
Susan speaks at STUC

GIRFEC must not become a tick box exercise – our children deserve better

The STUC condemned cuts to education which so often follow on from council cuts, especially attacks on support staff numbers which damage the learning experiences of our most vulnerable young people and called for action to protect education funding.

Supporting the SSTA motion, UNISON’s Susan Kennedy pointed out that the Scottish Government continues with their commitment to providing ‘free extended childcare’ , free school lunches for vulnerable twos up to Primary 3s and now calling for P6 testing, and asked, “Where is the funding coming from?

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Public private finance – secret and eye wateringly expensive

The STUC will call for an independent enquiry into PFI/PPP funding models for public sector building work, as well as into the Edinburgh schools contracts which has led to such disruption for pupils, families and staff.

Seconding an emergency motion from the EIS, UNISON’s Susan Kennedy told delegates that the issues raised around PPP by what has happened in Edinburgh  go well beyond a single project and call into question the whole funding model as it has been used from its inception to the present and plans to continue using it in the future.

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