Friday, 30 January 2015

Please come along to the next ATUC Delegates' Meeting on 4th February

The next ATUC Delegates meeting will take place on Wednesday 4th February 2015 at 7.30pm, within the ATUC Premises, John Londragan House, 22A Adelphi, Aberdeen. All delegates and associates are welcome to attend.

Alan Robertson, ATUC President said, "This is a very important meeting as it is the nominations meeting for all ATUC Posts as well as for delegates to the ATUC, STUC etc.

 "Also, we have 2 speakers organised,  Fraser Lovie (Fair Trade Campaign) and Dave Black (Minority Communities Outreach Programme.
"We will also be staring to organise for the Workers' Memorial Day Service and the May Day March and Rally. We urge all our delegates to come along."

Thursday, 22 January 2015

PCS act for Fair Pay in the Scottish Sector.

Aberdeen trades union council sends its solidarity and support to the PCS union as its members embark on a rolling programme of targeted action across the Scottish Government sector as part of a national dispute for which PCS members in UK departments took action on 15 October 2014.

Brian Carroll, of the PCS said, "This is crucial to our sector as our employers and Scottish Ministers continue to impose the same 1% pay cap as the UK government.
"Our message to Mr Swinney, the Deputy First Minister is - break the public sector pay freeze!"

The rolling programme began with PCS members in Registers of Scotland taking their one day strike on 8 December, followed by the National Museums Scotland strike on Boxing Day (26 December), closing the museum to the public.

Saturday, 10 January 2015

City Link sackings “disgraceful” says Aberdeen TUC

Photo by Jon Woods
Aberdeen Trades Union Council (ATUC) has added its voice to the widespread condemnation of City Link bosses who sacked thousands of workers during the festive period.

At its first meeting of 2015, delegates from affiliated unions called for the nationalisation of City Link to protect all jobs and pledged support for City Link workers.

Scott Sutherland, of Unite the Union and an ATUC delegate said, “The actions of City Link bosses in sacking thousands of workers, especially at this time of the year, is nothing short of disgraceful.

“The fast track sackings at City Link demonstrate the worst elements of casualised Britain, with workers denied even basic rights to proper consultation.  This can’t go on.”

The ATUC has issued a press release and will now send messages of support to the RMT union and all its members affected by the sackings.


Sunday, 4 January 2015

Holocaust Memorial Day - Learning the lessons of the past

Aberdeen City's Holocaust Memorial Day event will be held this year on 25th January 2015 in the ACT (formerly the Arts Centre) King Street, Aberdeen starting at 2.30pm.

The Lord Provost of Aberdeen is expected to attend and Leo McKeever, who is a member of the Aberdeen City Youth Council and a former Albyn School student will be speaking about his experience visiting Auschwitz.

It is hoped to show the film, "Sometimes in April" which depicts the story of Rwanda's genocide, not only as it occurred in 1994 but also as the country was still experiencing healing and justice in 2004,  followed by a discussion around the theme of keeping the memory alive.

Other events will also take place locally and information about these events will be provided as it becomes available.