Our delegates to the Congress this year, Steve Gray and Fiona Napier were very active on behalf of the ATUC. They seconded two composites, one on living rent and affordable housing and one on austerity and local authority cuts. They also supported a composite on standing up to UKIP. All these composites included the ATUC's motions to Congress.
Homes for people, not profit
This comes as a result of the Aberdeen TUC’s motion which was merged with motions from USDAW, UCATT and North Lanarkshire TUC.
Seconding the composite, ATUC delegate Steve Gray told delegates that homes should be for people not profits.
“We condemn the UK Government’s housing and financial policies that have focused upon “Buy To Let” as the main source of rented housing in Scotland” said Steve.
He condemned the UK Government’s election proposal to have another fire sale of Council and Housing Association homes and warned that the lack of affordable housing marginalises people, breaks up families and ruins communities.
He reminded delegates that the Council House and Social House building programmes in the 20th century not only housed people, but also provided jobs that helped the Scottish and UK economy to recover from the Great Depression. New secure homes revitalised local communities, peoples’ sense of identity and offered hope to millions for a better, healthier life.
We must fight the
insidious and toxic message of the far right
The STUC slammed far right racist groups including UKIP – “a party of bigots, sexists, Islamophobes, homophobes and people prejudiced against disabled people.” It pledged to oppose UKIP at every turn and to expose its anti-worker stance and its anti immigration hysteria.
Supporting the composite from the Annual Black Workers Conference, Clydebank TUC, and the CWU as well as from Aberdeen Trades Union Council, ATUC delegate, Fiona Napier told congress of our proud tradition of anti-racist, anti-fascist activism in the North East of Scotland, “still very much needed as we have a National Front candidate standing at the General Election.”
The STUC will also oppose the “false economy” of outsourcing and will work with the People’s Assembly, churches and civic groups to show how governments at all levels can create full employment, well paid jobs, a just transition to a low carbon economy and a crackdown on tax avoidance and fair taxation.