Shan­non puts hopes in new stu­dent union

Fo­cus on rights in work­place

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A Castlemilk woman is hop­ing to help im­prove the lives of stu­dents across Scot­land as part of a new trade union.

Shan­non Ker­ri­gan, 21, has signed up to be­come an am­bas­sador for the Stu­dent Com­mu­nity Union, whose aim is to fight for stu­dents’ rights in the work­force.

An ap­plied science stu­dent at Glas­gow Clyde Col­lege’s Car­don­ald cam­pus, Shan­non is de­ter­mined to do her bit.

She said: “When I first got an email about the trade union I wasn’t sure what it was but I was keen to find out.

“When I found out more it just seemed re­ally rel­e­vant.

“They were talk­ing about things like zero-hours con­tracts or sex­ism in the work­place.

“An­other thing is em­ploy­ers putting stu­dents un­der pres­sure to do shifts. That’s some­thing that is just ac­cepted in so­ci­ety and we want to change that.

“We also cam­paign for bur­saries over the sum­mer be­cause 30 per cent of stu­dents find them­selves home­less.”

Shan­non, a for­mer pupil at Croft­foot, Spit­tal and St Mark’s pri­maries as well as King’s Park Sec­ondary, reck­ons the cur­rent po­lit­i­cal cli­mate has forced her to go from hav­ing strong views to ac­tu­ally act­ing on them.

“My mum has al­ways been po­lit­i­cal and I have al­ways been very, very left-wing,” she said. “But it seems to me even the left-wing par­ties are mov­ing to the right.

“I’ve not al­ways been po­lit­i­cally ac­tive but now I am ac­tive I am re­ally en­joy­ing it.”

The group have a num­ber of events planned, in­clud­ing some in the Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang area.

On Fri­day night they hosted an LGBT film night in Mother­well.

Shan­non added: “We’re still very new. It only started up in June last year.

“We’re not af­fil­i­ated with the Na­tional Union of Stu­dents but you find they are not as well pro­moted in col­leges.

“They also deal with life in ed­u­ca­tion but we look at stu­dents in the work­place.”

Help­ing out Castlemilk stu­dent Shan­non Ker­ri­gan

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