Thursday, 31 December 2015

First ATUC Meeting of 2016 will be held on Wed 6th January with packed agenda as we prepare to meet challenges ahead

The next meeting of Aberdeen Trades Union Council will be held on Wed 6th January 2016 at John Londragan House, 22a Adelphi, Aberdeen. All delegates and associates are warmly invited to attend.

Kate Ramsden, ATUC President said, "We hope all our delegates and associates have had enjoyed the Festive period and wish them all the very best for 2016.

"This is the fisrt meeting of the New Year and we have another packed agenda. We have to agree our motions for the STUC Congress in April as well as plan for our 2015 Annual Report and for our AGM in March.

"We are also very aware of the challenges that face the trade union movement in the coming year as the government presses on with the anti-union bill and attacks on the most vulnerable Also the pressures that face workers and their families as the government continues its assault on wages, jobs and services.

"We hope to see as many as possible of you along as we look at ways to meet and overcome these challenges."

Sunday, 20 December 2015

Festive Greetings to all our affiliates and associate members and best wishes for a happy and peaceful 2016

Aberdeen Trades Union Council wishes all our affiliates and associate members a happy and peaceful festive season and our best wishes for 2016.

The first ATUC meeting of the New Tear will be held on Wed 6th January at 7.30pm in 22a Adelphi, Aberdeen.

We look forward to seeing you all there.

Tuesday, 8 December 2015


Aberdeen Trades Union Council is encouraging all our members and affiliates to back the University and Colleges Union (UCU) and to sign the petition to urge Aberdeen University to rule out the use of compulsory redundancies and to seek alternative, more progressive methods for placing itself on a sustainable financial footing.

Click here to sign the petition.

The campaign is supported by Aberdeen Defend Education Cuts (ADEC); Aberdeen Students Against Cuts (ASAC) and Aberdeen University Students Association (AUSA).

The union is saying NO to compulsory redundancies because:

·         Through the Voluntary Severance Scheme, the University has already saved the £5.4 million they lost from funding cuts
·         The University has also generated an extra £3.2 million in additional surplus
·         It wishes to make a further £1.9 million - not due to funding cuts but for additional surplus
·         The University has refused to rule out compulsory redundancies in pursuit of their goal
·         It is highly likely that staff will be placed "at risk of redundancy" from January 2016

Vigil on International Human Rights Day 10th Dec for survivors of gender based violence around the world

All are invited to attend the Candlelit Vigil on 10th December 2015 at 5pm in St Nicholas Square, Aberdeen.

Falling on International Human Rights Day and the final day of the 16 Days of Action campaign, Aberdeen Violence Against Women Partnership is holding the vigil to bring people together to honour and remember survivors of gender-based violence.

The vigil will include speakers from Grampian Women’s Aid, Sacro, Aberdeen City Youth Council and other members of the Aberdeen Violence Against Women Partnership.

Come and join us to light a candle and show solidarity in honouring and remembering those who have suffered due to gender-based violence.