Friday, 24 November 2017

Kathleen speaks out at the STUC disabled workers conference

Kathleen Kennedy
Kathleen Kennedy, Vice President had a busy time as she represented the ATUC at the STUC disabled workers’ conference in November.

As well as moving the ATUC motion  Kathleen spoke in three other debates.

She said, “It was a sheer delight to be there participating on behalf of the North East of Scotland.

“Throughout the conference, there was a lot of enthusiasm that was infectious and you could see how everyone was willing to take part and encouraged each other to do so.

“As disability and work related issues is one of my specialist areas I was determined to take part.”

The ATUC motion called on the STUC to look at giving additional speaking time to people with communication disabilities at STUC conferences and to encourage other affiliated unions to do this also.

Kathleen said, “This is something that I am very passionate about as I have noticed in many conferences I have attended that I am sometimes the only person or one of only a few people with a communication disability speaking. I felt it was very important that we encourage and enable more people with communication disabilities to feel able to take part.”

The motion was approved and was put to the STUC Disabled Workers Committee to implement.

Friday, 10 November 2017

Join us for the St Andrew's Day Rally on 25th November at 12 noon in the Castlegate, Aberdeen

Please come along to the Aberdeen's St Andrew's Day Rally on Saturday 25th November 2017 at 12 noon in the Castlegate.

Please note that there will be no march this year due to prohibitive cost.

Organised by Aberdeen Trades Union Council, this year's St Andrew's Day event will once again celebrate the diversity of the North East of Scotland. It will call on us all to "Educate, Agitate and Organise" to bring an end to racism and fascism and to fight for equality and social justice for all.

ATUC joint president, Kevin Hutchens said, "We would like as many people as possible to join us for this rally to give a clear message that we still keep alive the proud history of the North East of Scotland of fighting fascism and racism wherever it rears its ugly head.

"We will hear from a range of speakers from community groups and local politicians, all giving this same message. Please come along."

Thursday, 9 November 2017

ATUC members congratulate Kathleen on her election to the STUC Disabled Workers' Committee and Congress

Aberdeen Trade Union Council vice-president, Kathleen Kennedy has been elected unopposed onto the STUC Disabled Workers' Committee and to represent them at the STUC Annual Congress.

Kevin Hutchens, joint president said, "Kathleen was nominated by the ATUC to these roles and we are delighted with her success.

"Congratulations have flooded in from ATUC members and we know that Kathleen will do a great job representing the ATUC and disabled members in Scotland.

"We send Kathleen our very best wishes in these roles."

Saturday, 28 October 2017


You are warmly invited to attend an evening to honour Aberdeen's International Brigaders on November 24, 2017 at 6.45pm in Aberdeen Town House Council Chambers.  

This will be followed by Music from 9pm at The Rusty Nail, 67 Rosemount Viaduct, Aberdeen.

The programme for the evening is as follows:

6.45pm Teas & Coffee

7pm Introduction by Tommy Campbell, Chair of Aberdeen 15th International Brigade Committee and welcome from the  Lord Provost

7.15 pm Presentation by Nina Londragan on the Aberdeen International Brigaders and their Connections to the First and Second World Wars as well as the Spanish Civil War followed by Question & Answers.

8pm Songs & Poems.

Please let Tommy Campbell know if you are planning to get along to either or both of these events.

Next ATUC Delegates meeting on Wednesday 1st November 2017 at 7.30pm

The next ATUC Delegates meeting will be held on Wednesday 1 November 2017 at 7.30pm within the ATUC premises at 22A Adelphi Aberdeen. 

As the 150th Anniversary of the ATUC in 2018 comes ever closer, this will be a key agenda item. This years St Andrews Day march and rally will also be on the Agenda.. 

We hope as many Delegates as possible can make it along.

Friday, 1 September 2017

Next ATUC Delegates meeting on Wednesday 6 September 2017 at 7.30pm

The next ATUC Delegates meeting will be held on Wednesday 6 September 2017 at 7.30pm within the ATUC premises at 22A Adelphi Aberdeen. 

This is the first meeting after the summer recess with the 150th Anniversary events, Annual Report 2017, STUC 2018 and this years St Andrews Day march and rally to discuss. 

We hope as many Delegates as possible can make it along. 

There is also an Executive Committee meeting at the same venue at 6.45pm.

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Balfour's Shadow - come along in 16th August and hear David Cronin talk about his book

Please get along to this important event to mark the centenary of Balfour, on Wednesday 16th August at 7-9pm in the Unite Offices,  42-44 King Street, Aberdeen. The event is co-hosted by Scottish PSC, CND Aberdeen, Aberdeen Trades Union Council, and Aberdeen Student Palestine Society. 

This is a great opportunity to hear Journalist David Cronin speaking about his book, ‘Balfour's Shadow A Century of British Support for Zionism and Israel’, the history of the British government’s involvement in the Zionist project, from the Balfour Declaration in 1917 to the present day. 

It promises to be an interesting and thought-provoking event. 

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