Tuesday, 24 February 2015

ATUC AGM on 4th March at 7.30pm - Come along and get involved

All delegates are urged to come along to the Aberdeen Trades Union Council Annual General Meeting on 4 March 2015, commencing at 7.30pm, in ATUC Premises, John Londragon House, 22a Adelphi, Aberdeen.

ATUC President, Alan Robertson said, "We have a packed agenda for the AGM including our guest speaker, Mark Pollit from TUC Education, Kelvin College, Glasgow. 

"We will be electing our office bearers for 2015-16 and there are a number of vacancies in key positions on the ATUC Executive which we really must fill if the ATUC is to continue its work over the coming year.

"We are about to circulate our Annual Report for 2014 which shows the breadth of our activities and those of our affiliates over the past year. We hope to go from strength to strength in the coming year but to do so, we will need the support and involvement of all our delegates and associates.

"We look forward to seeing you all on 4 March."

Saturday, 21 February 2015

International Women's Day in Aberdeen - Making it Happen

Aberdeen  will celebrate  International Women's Day with two events this year.

The first is organised by Unite and will be a lunchtime event on Friday 6th March in the Unite Offices, 44-46 King Street, Aberdeen AB34 5JT.

The main speakers will be Donna Clark, an Aberdeen based Unite Activist, Aberdeen City Councillor Yvonne Allan, Agnes Tolmie , Unite  Executive Council Member and Chair of the Scottish Womens Convention  and  Elaine Dougall, Unite’s Regional  Women and Equalities Officer.
There will be light refreshments available from 12.30 until 13.00. 
All ATUC delegates are welcome, but as a buffet lunch will be provided, please contact the UNITE office on 01224 645271 or email: Susan.martin@unitetheunion.org to confirm your attendance by Wednesday 4th March 2015.
On Sunday 8th March, Aberdeen City Council will bring together a significant number and a wide range of Aberdeen’s women  for an informal and relaxed afternoon of refreshments, entertainment & celebration.

The event will begin at 2.00pm in Aberdeen’s Beach Ballroom with registration, conversation and a refreshing drink. There will be a small number of display stalls to view at this time. 

Friday, 6 February 2015

ATUC condemns union busting at the heart of government

Aberdeen Trades Union Council has thrown its full weight behind the PCS union in its campaign against this UK Government’s union busting tactics in the civil service.  Delegates at the meeting on 4th Feb condemned the slashing of facilities time for union reps by more than 60% and the ending of “check-off” – the decades old method through which employers collect union subscriptions direct from a member’s salary.

The ATUC called on the Labour Party to publicly pledge to reinstate check-off in the civil service if elected and to legislate for a statutory right for union members to have their subscriptions deducted through their salary.
Delegates will also email their MPs in support of the PCS (see model wording below) and called on the TUC, the STUC and all affiliates to give their full support to the fight against these union busting tactics.