Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Join us at the St Andrew's Day March and Rally in Aberdeen on 24th November

Please come along to the Annual St Andrew’s Day March and Rally taking place on Saturday 24th November 2018.

The march will gather from 11am, leaving from Rubislaw Terrace, Aberdeen at 11.30am to march to the Castlegate rally at 12noon.

The St Andrew’s Day March and Rally takes place every year with a focus on fighting racism and fascism and celebrating equality and diversity.

The theme this year is “Still we rise!” in support of internationalism, freedom and justice across the world.

Following the Rally there will be a social event with soup, sandwiches and music from 12.30 – 4pm at Parkvale FC Supporters Social Club, 16 King Street. All are welcome to attend.

This event is particularly special, as we approach the conclusion of the Aberdeen Trades Union Council’s 150th anniversary year. Please come and march for equality and diversity.

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Saturday, 10 November 2018

"Historic" civic reception celebrates Aberdeen Trades Union Council's achievements across 150 years


Kathleen Kennedy cuts the cake as the Depute Provost and guests look on
In a first for the council, Aberdeenshire Depute Provost, Cllr Ron McKail, hosted a Civic Reception  to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Aberdeen Trades Union Council as our birthday year draws to a close.

Members of Aberdeen Trades Union Council, affiliated unions and organisations and councillors from opposition groups on the council attended the lunchtime event in Woodhill House on 9th November 2018.

Depute Provost Cllr McKail
Opening the event, the Depute Provost said, "It is a pleasure to host this reception, as the anniversary year comes to a close. Taking time to honour the work of the Aberdeen Trades Union Council is important.


"This event will be a visible and heartfelt way of thanking members for their hard work in continuing to keep traditions alive, and ensuring that workers’ rights are at the front of our minds.” 

Cllr McKail said that he was personally delighted because he had been a member of two trade unions over his working career - the NUM, of which his father was also a member and NASUWT, of which he remains a retired member.

"I certainly appreciated from an early age the vital importance of having a strong union to support its members," said Cllr McKail.

Saturday, 3 November 2018

Aberdeenshire Provost hosts Civic Reception as our 150th anniversary year draws to a close

The Provost of Aberdeenshire Council will host a Civic Reception to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Aberdeen Trades Union Council, as our anniversary year draws to a close.

Delegates and invited guests will attend the lunchtime event on Friday 9th November 2018 in the Members' Lounge at Woodhill House. They will hear a welcome from the Lord Provost before ATUC President, Kathleen Kennedy addresses the event.

Councillor Ross Cassie will also say a few words before Councillor Alison Evison, who is also a Consultative Member of Aberdeen Trades Union Council, gives a vote of thanks.

Kathleen Kennedy
Kathleen said, "We are delighted that the Provost of Aberdeenshire is hosting this celebration of 150 years of our Trade Union Council.

"Although it is entitled, Aberdeen TUC, our affiliates include trade union branches from across the North East of Scotland, including my own union, Aberdeenshire UNISON.

"As a Trade Union Movement we are proud of our history of fighting for the rights of workers in both the City and Shire.

"The ATUC has had a wonderful anniversary year, which began with a Civic Reception hosted by Aberdeen City. We thank the Provost and Aberdeenshire Council for helping us to bring this special year to a close."

Rise Up Quines - Aberdeen's newest Festival celebrating women 12-18 Nov 2018

Please get along if you can to some of the amazing events at a brand new festival for Aberdeen, Rise Up Quines!

The Festival takes place between 12-18 November  2018 at various venues across Aberdeen.

It marks the centenary of (some) women winning the right to vote. It will seek to celebrate women in politics and leadership, past, present and future.

It includes a range of events such as workshops, panel discussions, films, exhibitions and performances, and aims to inspire women and girls to become politically engaged and lay the foundations for them to become future activists and leaders.

ATUC delegates, Fiona Napier and Kate Ramsden will facilitate a Unions Into Schools Workshop on Wed 14th November with a focus on women's rights and challenging sexual harassment and discrimination.

Find out more at the Rise Up Quines webpage. 

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Sunday, 7 October 2018

Living Rent is coming to Aberdeen! Get along to the first meeting on 8th November.

All Aberdeen Trade Union Council delegates, associates and friends are invited to attend the Living Rent, Aberdeen first meeting on 8th November 2018 from 7 - 8.30pm in the Unite Office, 42-44 King Street, Aberdeen AB24 5TJ.

This will be an opportunity to hear about the campaign and talk about how together we can fight for tenants' rights in Aberdeen. Come along and find out how you can get involved.

The meeting will last approximately 90 minutes, and the venue is wheelchair accessible.

If you have any questions about the event, the campaign or the venue, please don't hesitate to drop the organisers a message via their Facebook page.

Thursday, 4 October 2018

Launch event - Plea for Anarchist Communism

 Aberdeen Anarchist Group and Aberdeen Trade Union Council are hosting a Launch Event - A Plea for Anarchist Communism on Sunday 7th October 2-4pm in 22a Adelphi.

This launch event follows on from the recent (re)publication of the ''Plea for Anarchist Communism'' by H.H. Duncan (1893).

A member of the Aberdeen Anarchist Group along with another comrade will present the pamphlet and will talk about its political significance, the historical context surrounding its composition as well as H.H. Duncan himself. There will be a Q&A after the presentation and the pamphlet will be available for purchase on a donation basis.


All are welcome to attend.

See more on the Facebook event