Once again this year, local
trade unionists and citizens joined councillors from both Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire, in a poignant service
to commemorate Workers’ Memorial Day on 28th April, in the beautiful
setting of the Persley Workers’ Memorial Garden.
Welcoming people to the
service, ATUC Vice President, Kate Ramsden asked those present to join her in a
minutes silence to remember all those who had lost their lives at their work. Councillor
Barney Crockett, on behalf of the Lord Provost of Aberdeen, then laid a wreath
in their memory.
Barney paid tribute to the work
of the trade unions in fighting for robust health and safety in the workplace,
over the years and still in the present day.
He said, “This is a day to honour the working people throughout the world who
have lost their lives while going about their daily employment.
“It serves as a
reminder to us all to continue to stand up for working people’s rights and to
ensure workplace practices are exemplary.”
Report of the ATUC in action at the 2015 STUC Congress in Ayr
Our delegates to the Congress this year, Steve Gray and Fiona Napier were very active on behalf of the ATUC. They seconded two composites, one on living rent and affordable housing and one on austerity and local authority cuts. They also supported a composite on standing up to UKIP. All these composites included the ATUC's motions to Congress.
Homes for people, not
The STUC is to call for a major house building programme,
focussing especially on affordable and council housing, not only to meet need
but also to boost employment and the economy. It also called for work with
Shelter, other charities, community groups, and the People’s Assembly, to build
a broad based campaign to support a living rent.
This comes as a result of the Aberdeen TUC’s motion which was merged
with motions from USDAW, UCATT and North Lanarkshire TUC.
Seconding the composite, ATUC delegate Steve Gray told
delegates that homes
should be for people not profits.