Tuesday 31 March 2015

Come along to the May Day March and Rally and celebrate International Workers' Day

This year's May Day March and Rally will be held on Saturday 2 May 2015.

Organised once again this year by Aberdeen Trades Union Council, the march will assemble at Rubislaw Terrace, Aberdeen from 10.30 am and the procession will march off at 11.00 am.

The procession will march along the whole length of Union St to the rally at the Castlegate, which is scheduled to commence at 11.45 am/12noon.  Affiliates and community groups are urged to come along with your banners and placards and join us in celebrating International Workers' Day.

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Speakers are yet to be confirmed but will include trade unionists, politicians and community activists.

Remember the dead, fight for the living - Aberdeen Workers' Memorial Day Service Tuesday 28 April 2015

This year's Workers' Memorial Day Service, organised by Aberdeen Trades Union Council, will be held on Tuesday 28th April at the Persley Walled Garden, Bridge of Don, Aberdeen. Meet at 12.30pm for the ceremony at 1.00pm. Come along and join us to "remember the dead, fight for the living."

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What is Workers Memorial Day?
International Workers Memorial Day (IWMD) takes place all over the world on 28 April each year.

The purpose of IWMD is two-fold. Firstly it is about not forgetting those who have died, been injured, or made ill by their work. Secondly it is about ensuring that this tragic loss and suffering are used to reinvigorate the campaign for healthier and safer work.

The campaign slogan is "Remember the dead, fight for the living."

In this time of austerity, it is ever more important to protect our Health and Safety legislation, which is constantly under attack.

The Service will last for approx 30mins.

Wednesday 25 March 2015

Next ATUC Delegates Meeting 1st April, 7.30pm at 22a Adelphi, Aberdeen

All delegates and associates are invited to attend the next ATUC Delegates meeting on Wednesday 1st April 2015 at 7.30pm, in ATUC premises, John Londragan House, 22A Adelphi, Aberdeen.
There will be a full agenda as always, including a presentation to a CWU Member by his Branch of Honorary Life Membership in recognition of long membership and long services to members. 
There will also be a talk by Naomi Brown from the Campaign to Save the Scottish Independent Living Fund.

Alan Robertson, President of the ATUC said, "We are still looking for delegates to fill the posts of treasurer and Secretary. These are key posts and they will need to be filled if the ATUC is to carry on doing its important work.

"The meeting will also finalise plans for the Workers' Memorial Day service and the May Day March and Rally."

Thursday 19 March 2015

Take Action on Saturday the 28th of March - Keep up the pressure against Barclays Bank's support for Israeli war crimes

Scottish Palestinian Solidarity Campaign (SPSC)Aberdeen is calling on all supporters to keep up the pressure against Barclays Bank, following the success of previous protests by campaign groups including SPSC Aberdeen, which led to Barclays selling its shares in Elbit systems, the Israeli company which supplied the drones used in last summer's attacks on Gaza. 

The next protest will be held on Saturday 28th March. Please come along and tell Barclays to end its investment in Raytheon and stop profiting from Israeli war crimes once and for all. Assemble in St.Nicholas Square at 12 noon.

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Monday 16 March 2015

Come along to the lobby of the Scottish Liberals in Aberdeen on 20th March and tell them that austerity has not worked.

The STUC has organised a leaflet and lobby of the Scottish Liberal Party Conference on Friday 20th March 2015 at Aberdeen International Conference Centre between 12noon and 1pm. The lobby will call for decent work and dignifies lives as part of a just Scotland and will challenge the austerity measures that the UK Government, of which the Lib Dems are a part, has put in place.

Kate Ramsden, Vice President of the ATUC said, "We are encouraging our delegates, associates and affiliated unions to join this very important lobby. We said from the start that austerity would not work. That it would hit the poorest hardest while those that caused the financial crisis, the bankers and the fat cats would carry on business and bonuses as usual. And we were right.

"That inequality would increase, that more children would grow up in poverty with their parents reliant on food banks to survive. And we were right.

"That the Government's policies would create a low wage economy that would reduce tax receipts and cut the money people had to spend in their local shops and businesses and that as a result the economic recovery would be much much slower. And we were right.

"We need to tell the Lib Dems that they have let down workers and created poverty and hardship for many people whilst the rich cream it in adding to their already enormous wealth.

"Please come along and hold the Lib Dems accountable for their actions in Government."

Saturday 14 March 2015

NHS Out of TTIP - Public Meeting on 19th March All Welcome

Aberdeen Trades Union Council has joined with UNITE, PCS, The People's NHS, Stop TTIP Aberdeen and the STUC to organise a public meeting on Thursday 19th March 7-9pm in the UNITE Offices at 44 King Street, Aberdeen AB21 5JT in the latest part of the campaign to keep the NHS out of TTIP.

Speakers will include Tommy Campbell of UNITE,  Yiorgos Kastalatis,  PeoplesNHS (Chair) as well as speakers from the ATUC and Stop TTIP Aberdeen. All are welcome to attend.

TTIP, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, is a series of trade negotiations being carried out mostly in secret between the EU and US. As a bi-lateral trade agreement, TTIP is about reducing the regulatory barriers to trade for big business, things like food safety law, environmental legislation, banking regulations and the sovereign powers of individual nations.

Tuesday 3 March 2015

Ron Webster, longstanding trade unionist and ATUC activist, is honoured by UNITE - all ATUC delegates welcome to attend

Aberdeen UNITE is hosting an event in honour of Ron Webster on Monday 9th March at 7pm in the St Nicholas room  in the Town House, Aberdeen
Ron Webster
The event is in recognition of Ron's 58 years as a union member and representative in  NUVB, TGWU and UNITE.
Tommy Campbell, UNITE Regional Officer said, "We are delighted to honour Ron's longstanding union membership and his lifetime commitment to improving the lives of all workers and their families.
"We would like to invite all Ron's friends and colleagues to join us in celebrating his achievements."
As an ATUC stalwart, Ron's hard work and commitment to trade unionism is also recognised by all his comrades on the trades union council and all trade unionists associated with ATUC are invited to come along.
If you would like to attend, please contact Susan at the Unite office at susan.martin@unitetheunion.org or tel 01224 645271.