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.

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Now You’re the Voices For the Dead


Please read this powerful and emotional poem writtien by our colleague Davy Kettyles from Unite.

Flanked by opulence and riches,
Stands a tombstone for the poor,
A landmark to indifference
To agony endured,
Warnings mocked and laughed at,
by the mighty of this land,
till the flames lit up the darkness,
and exposed this brigand band.

On the top floors of the tower,
Beyond firefighters reach,
Trapped, children and their mothers cried,
save us, hear them screech
all praying for a miracle, on phones some said  goodbye,
they've no angels wings to fly away,
they may get them, when they die.

As the smoke and flames engulf them,
and their last breath they inhale,
Their deaths will live in infamy
But truth it shall prevail,
hold to account the guilty,
on their shoulders place their crime.
For profit before people
Was the reason and the rhyme 

Neath the skyline of this city
Stands tall this blackened shell,
ash carried on the morning breeze
and the smoke you still can smell.
Cometh  righteous indignation,
Cry justice, - must be said
Arise arise the many,
now you’re the voices for the dead.

Davy Kettyles
June 17th  2017

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

ATUC Special Meeting - Learning the lessons of the Grenfell Tower Tragedy


Aberdeen TUC  has called a special meeting with a speaker from the Fire Brigades Union (FBU)  to help us start to learn some of the lessons from the Grenfell Tower disaster.

This will take place at the UNITE office 44 King Street, Aberdeen AB24 5TJ at 6.45pm on Tuesday 27th June.


All delegates are invited.


In view of the importance of the issue some key residents organisations are also to be invited.


Kevin Hutchens, Joint President, who has organised the meeting had previously sent a message of condolence, support and solidarity to all those affected by the Grenfell Tower tragedy.
Kevin had said, "Aberdeen TUC sends its sympathy and support to all affected by the Grenfell Tower fire.For those killed in the tragedy we grieve, to the relatives and friends we send our condolences, to those injured we send our best wishes for recovery, to the rescue workers we send our admiration and gratitude for their bravery and to the community we send our solidarity.


"While recognising investigations have to be completed we call for justice to be done and for every effort to be made to ensure this never happens again."

Kevin added, "The meeting will start with a minutes silence as a mark of respect for all those who lost their lives in this appalling tragedy.


"I look forward to seeing you there."

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Aberdeen Trade Union Council stands with the people of London and all those around the world affected by terrorist attacks.

Aberdeen Trades Union Council stands united in solidarity with the people of London,  as we did with the people of Manchester last week. We condemn last night's terrorist atrocity and all terrorist atrocities around the world, and we send our sympathy to the bereaved and best wishes for full recovery to the injured.

Terrorism will never prevail over the people, Only by working together in harmony can the forces of terror be defeated. Thanks to all the health service workers and emergency services keeping our streets safe, and to all those courageous citizens who went to the aid of those attacked.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Aberdeen Trades Union Council stands with Manchester

The thoughts of Aberdeen Trades Union Council are with all those caught up in the terrible events in Manchester where yet again we have seen innocent people killed and injured in an appalling attack. We condemn these acts against innocents, and especially the targeting of children. We have no words.

We wish to pay tribute to all the emergency services who from all accounts were outstanding as always in extremely difficult circumstances. And to the many citizens of Manchester who rallied to support those affected, including taxi drivers from all different ethnic backgrounds, standing together as we all must against such horrific acts.

We stand in solidarity with all the people of Manchester, Britain and the world against hatred and division. Terrorism will not be allowed to divide our communities.