Sunday, 4 December 2016

St Andrew's Day March and Rally - celebrating the multicultural voices of the North East - Report of Rally


Hundreds of people from many different ethnic backgrounds - trade unionists, activists, politicians and citizens - came together at this year’s St Andrews Day March and Rally in Aberdeen in a celebration of diversity in the North East of Scotland and to give a clear message that racism and intolerance is not welcome here.

The event was organised once again by Aberdeen Trades Union Council, this year in partnership with #WeAreAberdeen, a group which has been set up to combat growing racism and intolerance in the wake of the Brexit campaign.

Carrying colourful banners and placards, the marchers were upbeat and joyful as they strode along the aptly named Union Street behind the stirring music of the Granite City Pipes and Drums Youth Band.

The rally at the Gallowgate heard uplifting stories from a number of speakers, many of whom had come from different countries to make their homes in the North East of Scotland. All paid tribute to the warmth of the welcome they had received from the people in Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire.

 However some had also experienced intolerance and racism reminding us that we must always be vigilant and challenge such behaviour wherever we see it.

  To see more photos from the event go to our Facebook Album.

Saturday, 3 December 2016

Next ATUC Delegates' Meeting on Wed 7th December at 7.30pm. Please come along.

The next ATUC Delegates' meeting will be held on Wednesday 7th December 2016 at 7.30pm in ATUC premises, John Londragan House, 22A Adelphi, Aberdeen. All delegates and associates are warmly invited to attend.

Our speaker at this month's meeting will be from Grampian Credit Union.We then have our usual packed agenda, which this month includes a preliminary consideration of motions and delegates for next year's STUC Congress. We also have an updated report on the plans for the 150th Anniversary celebrations for the ATUC in 2018.

ATUC President, Kate Ramsden said, "We are hoping for our usual good turn-out at the meeting as we come to the end of 2016 and look towards the New Year.

 "I would like to take this opportunity to wish all our delegates, affiliates, associates and all those who read this blog, "Greetings of the Season" and all our best wishes for a happy and healthy New Year. This goes out especially to our union members delivering essential services over the holiday period."

Sunday, 27 November 2016

St Andrew's Day March and Rally - celebrating the multicultural voices of the North East

Hundreds of people from many different ethnic backgrounds - trade unionists, activists, politicians and citizens - came together at this year’s St Andrews Day March and Rally in Aberdeen in a celebration of diversity in the North East of Scotland and to give a clear message that racism and intolerance is not welcome here.

The event was organised once again by Aberdeen Trades Union Council, this year in partnership with #WeAreAberdeen, a group which has been set up to combat growing racism and intolerance in the wake of the Brexit campaign.

Carrying colourful banners and placards, the marchers were upbeat and joyful as they strode along the aptly named Union Street behind the stirring music of the Granite City Pipes and Drums Youth Band.

The rally at the Gallowgate heard uplifting stories from a number of speakers, many of whom had come from different countries to make their homes in the North East of Scotland. All paid tribute to the warmth of the welcome they had received from the people in Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire.  However some had also experienced intolerance and racism reminding us that we must always be vigilant and challenge such behaviour wherever we see it.

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Celebrate the 80th Anniversary of the formation of the International Brigades

All friends and supporters of the International Brigade Memorial Trust, the Morning Star and Aberdeen TUC are invited to attend an event to commemorate and honour the Aberdonian International Brigaders on the 80th anniversary of the formation of the International Brigades.

The event will be held in the Town House, Broad Street , Aberdeen on Friday 25th November at 7pm to 9pm.

There will be presentations from relatives of the International Brigaders as follows --

Bob Cooney’s nephew Councillor Neil Cooney – an outline of the anti-fascist struggle in Aberdeen that lead up to the nineteen local men going to defend democracy and fight Fascism in Spain

John Londragan’s grand-daughter Nina Londragan – an outline of the lives of the five Aberdonians who died defending democracy and fighting Fascism on the battlefields of Spain

In addition Davy Kettyles , a senior Organiser with Unite in Ireland will give an outline on the role of the Irish International Brigaders who formed the Connolly Column in Spain many of whom also sacrificed their lives defending democracy and fighting Fascism in Spain.

There will also be poetry and songs throughout the evening.

This event is sponsored by the Aberdeen Morning Star Supports Group and the affiliated Unions of Aberdeen Trades Union Council.

All friends and supporters of the International Brigade Memorial Trust, the Morning Star and Aberdeen TUC are very welcome to attend.

¡NO PASARÁN!

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Annual Report 2016 Adverts / Sponsorship

ATUC Annual Report Advert
It's that time of year again, and the ATUC are looking for organisations to help sponsor our 2016 annual report, to be published next year, by taking out adverts to be included in the publication.

Organisations taking adverts in this way allow us to produce the well respected Annual Report each year which is distributed to trade union and other organisations, as well as being made available at the annual STUC conference.  It's a great way to get your branch or organisation noticed, as well as helping us to cover the costs of producing the report.

Annual Report advert costs are as follows:
  • Full-page colour - £200.00
  • Full-page black & white - £100.00
  • Half-page black & white - £50.00
To make it even easier you can now submit your annual report advert request online, including uploading your copy ready artwork/poster.  We'll then invoice you for the selected amount.

Just complete our online form.

http://www.seajays.org.uk/atucadvert/

Thursday, 3 November 2016

Celebrating diversity in the North East of Scotland - Aberdeen's St Andrew's Day March and Rally on Saturday 26th November

This year's St Andrew's Day March and Rally in Aberdeen will be held on Saturday 26th November and will celebrate diversity in the North East of Scotland.

Aberdeen Trades Union Council has joined forces with #WeAreAberdeen, a new campaign in the North East of Scotland to bring people and communities together to respond to the recent rise of intolerance across the UK.

Marchers should gather at 11am in the St Nicholas Kirkyard, Union Street, Aberdeen to march off at 11.30am for a rally in the Castlegate at 12 noon.

Click here for a poster

Kate Ramsden, President of the ATUC said, "We are delighted to be working with #WeAreAberdeen to celebrate the diversity of our communities in the North East of Scotland.

Sunday, 30 October 2016

ATUC issues statement about the Brand Israel Shalom event

Aberdeen Trades Union Council has issued the following statement about the Shalom - A taste of Israel event organised by the Confederation of Friends of Israel Scotland and StandWithUs UK at the Aberdeen Hilton Treetops Hotel on Wed 2nd November.


"Aberdeen Trades Union Council condemns the decision by the Aberdeen Hilton Treetops Hotel to host a "Shalom - A Taste of Israel" event, on 2nd November 2016 organised by the Confederation of Friends of Israel Scotland and StandWithUs UK.

Although it is dressed up as a cultural event, we believe the "Taste of Israel" event is nothing more than an explicit attempt to whitewash the crimes of the Israeli state. The organisers of the event have strong links with the state of Israel.  For example, StandWithUs UK work in close partnership with the Israeli embassy to counter pro-Palestinian advocacy and campaigning work.

Aberdeen Trades Union Council has a strong legacy of fighting for the rights of the Palestinian people and opposing their oppression and occupation by the State of Israel.

We support the Scottish Palestinian Solidarity Campaign's call on politicians of all parties to boycott this event and have urged our members to join the protest."

Aberdeen Trades Union Council


Kate Ramsden, ATUC President said, "ATUC has a proud history of standing up for human rights and against oppression and occupation. We are fully behind the Palestinian call for Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) and we call on Aberdeen Hilton Treetops Hotel to cancel this Brand Israel event."