Scotland

Scotrail workers face strike-breaking operation

By Paul Barnes, 23 February 2010

Some 550 members of the Rail Maritime Transport Workers Union (RMT) at train operating company (TOC) Scotrail took strike action February 20 in an attempt to prevent the imposition of driver-only operated (DOO) trains on a new service on the Airdrie/Bathgate line.

Scotland: Diageo unions end campaign against plant closures

By Steve James, 23 December 2009

The Unite and GMB trade unions have closed down their campaign against the closure of drinks giant Diageo’s Johnnie Walker’s bottling plant in Kilmarnock and Port Dundas distillery and cooperage in Glasgow.

Lockerbie: Human rights lawyer states Megrahi was framed

By Steve James, 11 November 2009

Leading British human rights lawyer Gareth Peirce believes that Abdel Baset Ali al-Megrahi, the only man accused and convicted of the 1988 bombing of PanAm flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, was framed.

Scotland: Growing calls for tuition fees as universities face funding crisis

By Jordan Shilton, 4 November 2009

The higher education sector in Scotland is facing hundreds of job cuts, as universities declare they are facing a funding crisis.

Scottish National Party prepares deep spending cuts

By Jordan Shilton, 24 September 2009

The Scottish National Party minority government in Edinburgh is set to launch deep public spending cuts as a result of the economic crisis.

Scotland: Diageo presses on with 900 job cuts

By Stephen Alexander, 22 September 2009

Drinks company Diageo has announced it intends to press ahead with restructuring plans at a cost of 900 jobs.

Scotland: Report exposes bankruptcy of official campaign over Diageo jobs

By Stephen Alexander, 29 August 2009

Details of the report commissioned to propose alternatives to job losses at drinks transnational Diageo in Scotland have become available.

Lockerbie: Transatlantic row worsens over Megrahi release

By Steve James, 25 August 2009

Sections of the United States political establishment have reacted with fury to the release of Abdel Baset Mohmed al-Megrahi, the only person ever convicted for the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie.

Scotland: Politicians and union leaders grovel to Diageo over Johnnie Walker closure

By Steve James, 29 July 2009

Around 20,000 people demonstrated in Kilmarnock July 26 against the planned closure of the Johnnie Walker’s whisky bottling plant by the major drinks transnational Diageo.

Scotland: Oppose Diageo job losses by mobilising the working class

Socialist Equality Party (Britain), 25 July 2009

The following leaflet is being distributed by the Socialist Equality Party (Britain) to Sunday’s march and rally in Kilmarnock against the announcement by Diageo, the world’s largest drinks manufacturer, that it is shedding 900 jobs across Scotland.

Closure of Johnnie Walker plants in Scotland will eliminate hundreds of jobs

By Stephen Alexander, 18 July 2009

One of the world’s largest drinks manufacturers Diageo announced July 1 the closure of the Johnnie Walker whisky bottling plant in Kilmarnock and distillery at Port Dundas, Glasgow.

Scottish Socialist Party denounces No2EU campaign—a tale of rival nationalisms

By Steve James, 11 May 2009

In the upcoming European elections, the Scottish Socialist Party is advancing it own Scottish rival to the British nationalism of the No2EU.

Scotland: Fatal helicopter crash raises concerns over offshore safety

By David Fisher, 21 April 2009

On April 1 an AS332L2 Super Puma helicopter carrying personnel from BP’s Miller platform crashed into the North Sea with the loss of two crew and 14 passengers.

Britain: Glasgow schools occupied against Labour closure threat

By Steve James, 18 April 2009

The ruling Labour group of Glasgow City Council has decided to press ahead with the closure of 20 primary schools and nurseries in the city.

Parents occupying Glasgow schools speak out

By our reporters, 18 April 2009

Reporters for the World Socialist Web Site covered a demonstration Friday outside Glasgow City Chambers against the city council’s planned closure of 11 primary schools and nine nurseries.

Scotland: Banking meltdown creates crisis for Scottish Nationalists

By Niall Green, 20 March 2009

The failure of the two leading banking groups based in Edinburgh has severely compromised the Scottish National Party’s campaign for independence.

Britain: Labour beats off Scottish National Party challenge in Glenrothes by-election

By Steve James, 8 November 2008

The Labour Party’s unexpected by-election victory in the Glenrothes constituency in Fife, Scotland, followed widespread forecasts that it would lose the previously safe seat to the Scottish National Party.

In wake of global financial crisis

Scottish nationalism’s perspective in tatters

By Steve James, 28 October 2008

The global financial meltdown has severely compromised the economic basis of the Scottish National Party’s strategy for independence.