Saturday 16 May 2020

Aberdeen Trades Union Council Executive Committee Statement on the UK Freedom Movement

Aberdeen Trades Union Council condemns in the strongest possible terms the UK Freedom Movement. The UK Freedom Movement is aiming at holding a number of ‘anti-lockdown protests’ masked as social gatherings, including in Aberdeen. 

ATUC is deeply concerned about the possible links the UK Freedom Movement has to the extreme right, with possible links to Jayda Fransen, former Deputy Leader of Britain First, alongside former British National Party leader Nick Griffin and Tommy Robinson also voicing their support. 

ATUC urges members of the public to not attend these events, instead heed the advice from the Scottish Government to stay home, protect the NHS and save lives.

ATUC calls on Grampian Police, and Police Scotland in general, to investigate the organisers of these events for possible links to the far right and other organisations putting public health in danger during this crisis.

Aberdeen Trades Union Council Executive Committee

Thursday 7 May 2020

ATUC 2019 Annual Report

Our 2019 Annual Report is now available online. We traditionally hand out copies to delegates attending the STUC Annual Congress, a pleasure we have to forgo this year.  We look forward to a time when we can all gather again!

Monday 4 May 2020

Our Virtual May Day Event

Being unable to organise our march along Union Street this year didn't stop us coming together for our May Day celebrations.

We were able to live stream a joint event with Dundee TUC. We had a few technical issues but that didn't stop us!

It was a very different event this year but the messages were perhaps even more powerful about the need to value, support and properly pay our workers, especially those providing vital services to our communities and our most vulnerable during this pandemic.

When this is over things have to change. The economy must be run for the benefit of the many and not just the few, with a focus on wellbeing and not just profit for the richest. And we must tackle climate change and protect our environment, for our children and our grandchildren if not for ourselves.

Thanks to everyone who supported this year’s May Day event.

If you missed it when live, you can watch it here:

Aberdeen writer and performer Molly McLachlan recorded this poem for our May Day event on Friday. We couldn't show it on the day unfortunately, but are pleased to be able to do so now!

You can follow Molly and her work on her FB page - Molly McLachlan: Poetry & Etc

And here's Clype!