Saturday, 29 July 2017

Invitation to the Hiroshima Memorial Day ceremony in Aberdeen on 6th August

The Hiroshima Memorial Day ceremony in Aberdeen will be held on  Sun 6th August at 12pm in Union Terrace Gardens, Aberdeen.
Organised by Aberdeen Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND), all are welcome to attend.

The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony is held each year on August 6th, the anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

ATUC congratulates UNISON on landmark court victory as tribunal fees scrapped

Aberdeen Trades Union Council (ATUC) has welcomed UNISON's landmark court victory against the government this morning which means that employment tribunal fees will be scrapped. 

The Supreme Court – the UK’s highest court – has unanimously ruled that the government was acting unlawfully and unconstitutionally when it introduced the fees four years ago.

From today, anyone who has been treated illegally or unfairly at work will no longer have to pay to take their employers to court – as a direct result of UNISON’s legal challenge.

 The government will also have to refund more than £27m to the thousands of people charged for taking claims to tribunals  since July 2013, when fees were introduced by then Lord Chancellor Chris Grayling.

Kevin Hutchens, joint president of Aberdeen TUC stated "This is a great victory for justice and for workers rights. Clearly the case has been won for basic human rights to be respected.

"True justice should be the right of all regardless of financial status. UNISON is to be congratulated on this crucial success for trade union rights, and never again should barriers such as fees be created".

 Read the full story here

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Get along to the Aberdeen Mela on 30th July and celebrate the rich diversity of the North East of Scotland

#OneWorldDay The annual Aberdeen Mela - One World Day, will take place Sunday 30th July 2017 from 12-8pm in Westburn Park.

This is a collaboration between the Aberdeen Multi-Cultural Centre and the Aberdeen International Youth Festival and will be a day of music, dance, food, song and stories that celebrates and brings together the diverse communities of Aberdeen and the North East of Scotland along with many international visitors.

This vibrant festival celebrates culture, atrs, food and family with activities to highlight the richness of many different cultural groups in the area. A day for all the family where sharing each other's lifestyles, diversity and thnicity is at the heart of One World Day.

This day of cultural diversity promises music, food, crafts, and children's activities with FREE ENTRY, with cash-only stalls, as well as performances from diverse musical acts from Scotland and abroad.

Please come along!

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Happy 90th birthday Ron Webster - ATUC and Unite celebrate a great ambassador of the trade union movement

The ATUC and Unite held a celebration at the Aberdeen  Unite Office on 26th May  for Ron Webster on his 90th birthday.

Ron Webster
Ron is a long standing ATUC delegate, Labour and Trade Union activist of considerable standing within Aberdeen, Scotland and Internationally.

He represented Scottish Trades Councils for many years on the STUC General Council serving both as Vice-President and President of the STUC.

It was in his role as STUC  Vice-President that he had the pleasure of meeting Fidel Castro on a visit to Cuba.

He has also recently celebrated over 60 years Trade Union  membership having originally been a member of the NUVB (National Union of Vehicle Builders) which them merged with TGWU and in the  last few years then merged to form Unite.

The celebration for Ron was very well attended by Trade Unionists and Labour Politicians  with  glowing tributes from the City Council’s Lord Provost, Councillor Barney Crocket, Unite Regional Secretary , Pat Rafferty, and Grahame Smith,  STUC General Secretary.