Friday 30 November 2018

A history of political protest in Aberdeen - come and hear all about it

Join us for an evening of radical activism on Thursday 13th December from 7pm till 8.30pm, as local historian Andrew McGregor presents a history of political protest in Aberdeen over the last two centuries.

The event is the last in a series of talks arranged to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Aberdeen Trades Union Council and will be held in John Londragan House, 22A Adelphi, Aberdeen. 

This is the second talk by Andrew - the first was extremely well received. Come along if you can.

Saturday 24 November 2018

Still we rise - marching against racism and fascism and for internationalism, freedom and justice

The ATUC St Andrew's Day March in its 150th anniversary year was a colourful sight on a grey November day as it made its way down Union Street behind the stirring tunes of the Pipe Band.

The red of Unite, the purple and green of UNISON and the bright yellow of the EIS mixed with the banners and colours of other trade unions and political and community groups.

All came together to pledge "Still we rise" to combat the scourge of racism and fascism and for internationalism, freedom and justice.

Shoppers stopped to watch and wave as the March passed by. The free Scotland wrap around edition of the Morning Star was well received by the marchers and onlookers alike.

Sunday 18 November 2018

Aberdeen Post Office under threat - please get along to the Campaign Day on 1st Dec

Aberdeen TUC stands alongside Aberdeen Labour  in support of the local branch of the CWU (Communications Workers Union) in their #SaveOurPostOffice Campaign.

We are dismayed to hear that Aberdeen's Crown Post Office has been earmarked for Privatisation. Aberdeen Labour is holding a campaigning event in St Nicholas Street, Aberdeen on 1st December from 11-2pm to protect the Post Office from unnecessary privatisation.

Please sign the Petition by clicking here - and please get along to the Aberdeen Labour Campaign Day on December 1st - to help protect the Post Office from unnecessary privatisation!

Tuesday 13 November 2018

Join us at the St Andrew's Day March and Rally in Aberdeen on 24th November

Please come along to the Annual St Andrew’s Day March and Rally taking place on Saturday 24th November 2018.

The march will gather from 11am, leaving from Rubislaw Terrace, Aberdeen at 11.30am to march to the Castlegate rally at 12noon.

The St Andrew’s Day March and Rally takes place every year with a focus on fighting racism and fascism and celebrating equality and diversity.

The theme this year is “Still we rise!” in support of internationalism, freedom and justice across the world.

Following the Rally there will be a social event with soup, sandwiches and music from 12.30 – 4pm at Parkvale FC Supporters Social Club, 16 King Street. All are welcome to attend.

This event is particularly special, as we approach the conclusion of the Aberdeen Trades Union Council’s 150th anniversary year. Please come and march for equality and diversity.

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Saturday 10 November 2018

"Historic" civic reception celebrates Aberdeen Trades Union Council's achievements across 150 years

Kathleen Kennedy cuts the cake as the Depute Provost and guests look on
In a first for the council, Aberdeenshire Depute Provost, Cllr Ron McKail, hosted a Civic Reception  to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Aberdeen Trades Union Council as our birthday year draws to a close.

Members of Aberdeen Trades Union Council, affiliated unions and organisations and councillors from opposition groups on the council attended the lunchtime event in Woodhill House on 9th November 2018.

Depute Provost Cllr McKail
Opening the event, the Depute Provost said, "It is a pleasure to host this reception, as the anniversary year comes to a close. Taking time to honour the work of the Aberdeen Trades Union Council is important.

"This event will be a visible and heartfelt way of thanking members for their hard work in continuing to keep traditions alive, and ensuring that workers’ rights are at the front of our minds.” 

Cllr McKail said that he was personally delighted because he had been a member of two trade unions over his working career - the NUM, of which his father was also a member and NASUWT, of which he remains a retired member.

"I certainly appreciated from an early age the vital importance of having a strong union to support its members," said Cllr McKail.

Saturday 3 November 2018

Aberdeenshire Provost hosts Civic Reception as our 150th anniversary year draws to a close

The Provost of Aberdeenshire Council will host a Civic Reception to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Aberdeen Trades Union Council, as our anniversary year draws to a close.

Delegates and invited guests will attend the lunchtime event on Friday 9th November 2018 in the Members' Lounge at Woodhill House. They will hear a welcome from the Lord Provost before ATUC President, Kathleen Kennedy addresses the event.

Councillor Ross Cassie will also say a few words before Councillor Alison Evison, who is also a Consultative Member of Aberdeen Trades Union Council, gives a vote of thanks.

Kathleen Kennedy
Kathleen said, "We are delighted that the Provost of Aberdeenshire is hosting this celebration of 150 years of our Trade Union Council.

"Although it is entitled, Aberdeen TUC, our affiliates include trade union branches from across the North East of Scotland, including my own union, Aberdeenshire UNISON.

"As a Trade Union Movement we are proud of our history of fighting for the rights of workers in both the City and Shire.

"The ATUC has had a wonderful anniversary year, which began with a Civic Reception hosted by Aberdeen City. We thank the Provost and Aberdeenshire Council for helping us to bring this special year to a close."

Rise Up Quines - Aberdeen's newest Festival celebrating women 12-18 Nov 2018

Please get along if you can to some of the amazing events at a brand new festival for Aberdeen, Rise Up Quines!

The Festival takes place between 12-18 November  2018 at various venues across Aberdeen.

It marks the centenary of (some) women winning the right to vote. It will seek to celebrate women in politics and leadership, past, present and future.

It includes a range of events such as workshops, panel discussions, films, exhibitions and performances, and aims to inspire women and girls to become politically engaged and lay the foundations for them to become future activists and leaders.

ATUC delegates, Fiona Napier and Kate Ramsden will facilitate a Unions Into Schools Workshop on Wed 14th November with a focus on women's rights and challenging sexual harassment and discrimination.

Find out more at the Rise Up Quines webpage. 

Click here for a Festival Programme