Sunday 30 November 2014

We must fight against racism and fascism and demand justice and humanity for all oppressed peoples.

The St Andrew’s Day Rally on 29th November praised  Aberdeen’s courageous actions 30 years ago when it gave the freedom of the City to Nelson Mandela. However, speaker after speaker warned that there is no room for complacency in the North East  -  racism and the far right are still with us and we must all challenge them wherever they raise their ugly heads.

Politicians, trade unionists and community activists had earlier marched along Union Street from St Nicholas Churchyard, led by the upbeat rhythms of the Guarana Drummers, and fuelled by a commitment to fight for social justice and humanity and against racism and fascism not only in the North East but across the world. Christmas shoppers once again stopped to watch the colourful display of banners and flags.

Friday 28 November 2014

Come along to the next ATUC Meeting on 3rd Dec 2014

The next Aberdeen Trades Union Council (ATUC) Delegates meeting will take place on Wednesday 3 December 2014 at 7.30pm, within the ATUC premises at John Londragan House, 22A Adelphi, Aberdeen.

Alan Robertson, ATUC president said, "We have 2 speakers organised for this meeting - a speaker from the Living Wage campaign and one from RIC on local actions and events planned for the future. We hope to see as many of you there as possible, as this is the last meeting before christmas and the new year.

"Other topics to be discussed will be the 2014 ATUC Annual Report and motions for next years STUC Congress in Ayr."

"Can delegates and associates also note that the International Brigade Memorial Trust AGM 2015 organising meeting will be held in Unite Offices, King Street, from 6.30pm sharp, on 3rd December.

"All are welcome to attend both meetings."

Friday 14 November 2014

Come along to the St Andrew's Day March and Rally and show that racism is not welcome in the North East

This year's St Andrew's Day March and Rally will be held on Saturday 29 November. Organised by the Aberdeen Trades Union Council and the STUC,  the march will assemble at St Nicholas Churchyard at 11 am and will march off at 11.30 am to the Casltegate. The rally is scheduled to begin at 12.15 pm and finish by 1.00pm.

ATUC President, Alan Robertson said, "The St Andrew's Day March opposes racism in all its forms and celebrates diversity The particular theme this year is Anti-Apartheid, because it is 30 years since Aberdeen gave the Freedom of the City to Nelson Mandela.

"It is also UN Day of Solidarity with Palestine, a country still suffering from Israeli apartheid. Hopefully Aberdeen City Council will be flying the Palestine Flag that day.

"We really hope that all our affiliates and associates will get along with their banners, to make sure that we give a clear message that racism is not welcome in the North East."

The Rally will be compered by ATUC Vice President, Kate Ramsden and there will be a range of speakers from local groups including Aberdeen SPSC, Aberdeen Anti-Fascists, Aberdeen RIC and Aberdeen CND, as well as local politicians.  

Sunday 2 November 2014

Stop bombing Iraq and Syria - Protest on Sat 8th November

There will be a Rally on Saturday 8th November at 11.30am in St Nicholas Square, Aberdeen (outside Marks and Spencers) to protest the bombing in Iraq and Syria.

Hosted by Aberdeen and District CND, the protest will be entitled "The Way Forward for Iraq and Syria" and speakers will include Dame Anne Begg, MP, Christian Allard, MSP, Sean McVey of Radical Independence and Brian Carroll from the Aberdeen Trades Union Council.

All delegates, colleagues, friends and members of the public are welcome to attend this very important protest.

Talk on the arms trade - merchants of death and oppression - 10th Nov in Aberdeen

All ATUC delegates, friends and members of the public are invited along to a talk on the arms trade by Jonathan Russell, Chair of Aberdeen and District CND and member of Campaign against the Arms Trade (CAAT), on Monday 10th November at 7.30pm

The talk is titled, "Merchants of death and oppression" and will be held in the Unite Offices, 42-44 King Street, Aberdeen.

Click here for more information and a map to the venue on the facebook site.