Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Nae Pasaran showing at the Belmont Cinema, Aberdeen Sat 15th Sept

Please get along to the Belmont Cinema on Saturday 15th September at 6pm and see Nae Pasaran - a wonderful, moving and inspiring film.

We are looking forward to welcoming both the director of the film and a special guest from the film itself. There is a 2-for-1 ticket offer that you are most welcome to use and to share with friends and family.

Use the code NAE (all caps) either in person at box office, online (http://bit.ly/NaePasaranQA) or on the phone (01224 343 500) to get 2-for-1 tickets to this screening.

With unprecedented access and research, NAE PASARAN reveals for the first time the incredible impact made by Scottish factory workers 40 years ago against one of the most repressive dictatorships of the 20th century.

40 years after their defiant stand in protest against Pinochet's Air Force in Chile, Scottish pensioners discover the dramatic consequences of their solidarity.

1974, Scotland. Bob Fulton, a Rolls-Royce engine inspector, returns to his section, upset and anxious. He's just told his colleagues that a Chilean Air Force jet engine has arrived in the factory for maintenance and he's refusing to let it go through, in protest against the recent military coup of General Pinochet.

He's seen the images of people packed into football stadiums and the Chilean Air Force jets bombing Santiago, and now one of the engines from those very same planes is right there, waiting for inspection.

He can see his supervisors approaching, he knows he's about to be fired, yet he feels a responsibility...

Thursday, 23 August 2018

Aberdeen Trades Union Council opens its doors on our rich history

In its 150th anniversary year, Aberdeen Trades Union Council will welcome visitors to its premises at 22a Adelphi, Aberdeen as part of Doors Open Day on Saturday 8th September.

Visitors will be able to view art and artefacts collected over the course of our 150 year history, relating to significant historical events including the Spanish Civil War.

The doors will be open from 10am to 3pm and all are welcome to participate in this unique opportunity to witness the wealth of historical artefacts of Aberdeen's trade union and labour movement, and our activities in the current day.

Please come along if you can for what will be a fascinating look at our rich trade union history.

Wednesday, 1 August 2018

Hiroshima Memorial Service. Lest we forget. All welcome to attend

The 2018 Hiroshima Memorial Service will be held on Sunday 5th August 12noon until 2pm in Union Terrace, Aberdeen. All are welcome to attend.

The Atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima on August 6th in 1945. It was much smaller than the Atomic bombs we have now but its effects were still devastating.

The event has been organised by Aberdeen Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND). They organise an annual memorial to remember those who were killed and injured by the Atomic bombing of Hiroshima and the one that took place two days later in Nagasaki.

The event is also held to remind us all of the potential horrors of nuclear war. A CND peace sign will be created from flowers and there will be speeches, music and poetry.

ATUC has always supported this memorial event. Please get along if you can.

Click here for more information

Friday, 20 July 2018

ATUC in action at the 121st STUC Congress

Kathleen Kennedy moving ATUC motion
The 121st STUC Congress was held in Aviemore between 16 April and 18 April 2018. ATUC had three delegates - Tyrinne Rutherford, Fiona Napier and Kathleen Kennedy as delegation leader. The delegation had a very busy successful Congress this year.

Kathleen Kennedy, delegation leader said, “I think we thoroughly enjoyed it and we worked well as team."

ATUC had submitted three motions. Two were composited and one stood alone. All were approved.

Our 3 motions were
  • Organising in Hospitality
  • End Israeli apartheid and the detention of Palestinian Children
  • Scotland is not just the Central Belt

Thursday, 19 July 2018

North East says a resounding NO to Trump's "politics of hate"

Hundreds turned out at the Trump International Golf Course at Menie, Balmedie on Saturday 14th July to tell Donald Trump that his rasist, sexist and inhumane policies are not welcome in Scotland and the UK.

This protest, organised by ATUC and a range of supporting organisations, was part of a "carnival of resistance" to Trump which saw hundreds of thousands of people across the UK turn out to condemn his policies and his politics.

In the sunshine, the protest was good natured and upbeat, as protesters brought placards with hard-hitting if often amusing messages slamming Trump's attitudes and behaviours since he became president.

At the end of the day Donald Trump didn't show his face in the North East of Scotland. However the press coverage meant that he could not have failed to get the clear message that the people of the North East and the UK as a whole, oppose his politics of hate.

See more photos on our Facebook page

A just transition for Aberdeen - come along and hear how this can be achieved in the North East

ATUC is hosting an open event on a just transition for Aberdeen, on Wednesday 25th July at 7pm in the ATUC premises at 22a Adelphi, Aberdeen

The event will look at the opportunities and barriers for workers and society in north-east Scotland.

It will ask what climate change and sustainability imperatives mean for a region like north-east Scotland which relies heavily on oil and gas production for employment and economic prosperity.

Click here for the Facebook event page

The idea of a 'just transition' is gaining increasing attention in policy and governance circles as a means of ensuring that the move to a more environmentally-attuned society does not create or enhance inequalities. 

In the context of places like Aberdeen and the north-east, this has come to mean ensuring that people employed in industries such as oil and gas are given the opportunity to transition to work in activities compatible with climate change and environmental targets. 

Dr Leslie Mabon from Robert Gordon University will kick-off a discussion on what a just transition for Aberdeen might look like and how this might be achieved, by presenting examples from other regions with close relations to high-emitting industries.