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Support the Demonstration to Save the Accord Centre

8 Aug

The Accord is a day care facility in the East End of Glasgow that supports more than one hundred and twenty children and adults with severe learning disabilities. It is going to be demolished to make way for a car park for the Commonwealth Games.  Service-users and carers were promised an equivalent centre would be built when the Commonwealth Games were announced.

The carers at the Accord centre – alongside local residents, campaigners and the service users themselves – have launched an inspirational campaign to demand that either the Accord stays open or a like for like replacement is given.

What you can do for the Campaign:

The Save the Accord Campaign has now organised a demonstration to march through the East End on Saturday the 27th of August, assembling at Parkhead Forge (Duke St entrance) at 12 noon. The slogans of the demonstration are: ‘Save the Accord Centre’; ‘Stop the Cuts in Glasgow’ and ‘Unite our Communities Against the Cuts’.




Unite Young Members' Forum

4 Aug

A forum for young members was held in John Smith House in Glasgow recently.

To get involved, contact Elaine Dougall.

Tony Benn to headline UCS 40 Anniversary Concert

4 Aug

Shop Stewards who were part of the UCS Work-In in the shipyards of Glasgow and Clydebank today announced a series of events organised to mark the 40th anniversary of the famous industrial dispute. The main event planned is a Gala Concert on Sat 1 October in the Mitchell Theatre where Tony Benn will be the Guest of Honour. He was the Labour Minister who created the UCS consortium in 1968 and a prominent supporter of the Work-In when in opposition. He will be backed by a line up of Scottish talent, some of whom played in fund raising concerts at the time. A specially commissioned suite ‘Work-in at UCS’ composed by Eddie McGuire, the prominent Scottish composer will also feature. Jimmy Cloughley, a member of the UCS Co-ordinating Committee said:

“The stewards who took part in the work-in felt that, following the deaths of two of the main leaders, Jimmy Airlie and Jimmy Reid, it was important to mark the 40 Anniversary positively. It is important when working people face increasing attacks on their jobs and conditions, to remember a successful struggle against a Tory Government bent on on butchering them. The community and country supported us. We righted a wrong,and it must never be forgotten. Unity of purpose, honesty, information leadership and democracy are the lessons of UCS”.

The list of artistes includes Pat Kane; Jimmie McGregor; Dave Anderson; Arthur Johnstone; Rab Noakes; Gary Lewis; Fraser Speirs; Kevin McDermott; Simone Welsh; The Whistlebinkies; Alba Brass and Sax Ecosse. There will also be a number of yet-tobe- announced special guests.

In addition to the concert, an exhibition about the Work-In will open in the Mitchell Library on 24 September, and showings of contemporary films shot in the yard during the Work-In are planned. The events will be mostly funded by a grant from Unite the union

The Work-In took place in 1971 when the then Tory government removed funding from the UCS yards and planned to close and sell them off. This provoked the Stewards Co-ordinating Committee to declare a ‘work-in’ which attracted huge support from Scotland, the rest of the UK, and around the world.

Buy tickets.

For Further Information please contact:

Chris Bartter (Communications) 07715 583 729

Stephen Wright (FairPley) 07734 350 247

Jim Lister (FairPley) 07793884136

Durham Miners’ Gala 2011

22 Jul

Members from across Unite Scotland headed to Durham earlier this month for the annual Miners’ Gala and the coinciding Unite Political Education School.

Each year Unite members from across the UK attend our two-day political school (or ‘Durham’ as it is more popularly known in Unite circles) to debate and shape political activism across our union. Our Unite Scotland Chair Stephen Deans comments on the effectiveness and success of the school in the clip.

This event culminates in the city’s famous Miners’ Gala which is one of the biggest annual political gatherings in Europe today. The Gala itself has its roots in the trade unionism of the once mighty mining communities of the North-East, with the inaugural event held in 1869.  Despite the decline of this proud industry the gala has evolved into a focal point for trade unionists from across the UK and the globe.

It’s a fantastic day in celebration of peace, justice and socialism and we hope the video gives you a flavour of the amazing atmosphere. If you were in attendance this year, see if you can spot yourself in the footage!

Pat Rafferty at PCS rally

14 Jul


Unite Scotland regional secretary speaks at the PCS rally in support of the public sector strikes on 30 June 2011.

Open Doors forums

20 Jun

Open Doors forums

Have you attended an Open Doors Forum? Let us know what you thought by completing this survey.

Since its launch in April, over 22,000 people have joined our  Uniteyou mobile companion service and have been giving us their views on a range of industrial, political and social issues from a Scottish-specific perspective against the backdrop of the cuts agenda.   As part of this new interaction, many people have told us they would like to attend a Unite meeting to discuss what’s happening in their workplaces and communities across Scotland.  So we have acted on this and confirmed ‘open door’ forums for:

  • Dundee –  Thursday 16th June, 6:30-8pm, 110 Blackness Road, Dundee, DD1 5PB
  • Aberdeen – Saturday 18th June, 10:30-12 noon, 42-44 King Street, Aberdeen, AB92TJ
  • Edinburgh –  Saturday 18th June, 10:30-12noon,   Sanctuary Augustine United Church, 41-43 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1EL
  • Glasgow –  Thursday 23rd June, 6:30-8pm & Saturday 25th June, 11am-12:30, John Smith House, 145 West Regent Street, Glasgow, G2 4RZ

These will be informal gatherings, open to members and non-union members alike and we have invited a range of local civic and social justice organisations to participate too.  We need to have a conversation with people across Scotland around work, politics and society and everything else in between.   So if you want to find our more about Unite, local-level campaigning against the cuts or are just curious, come along to one of our venues near you.  Let us know if you plan to do so by contacting us at:


Twitter: @unitescotland

And if you haven’t already done so;  join UniteYou to receive our free text service:   Text CUTS to 86888


Unite Young Members

20 Jun

Regional Youth Forum 22nd July, John Smith House, 6pm

You are invited to attend the above event as a young member of Unite in Scotland.

The purpose of this event is to assist you to understand how to get involved and play a part in your Union, the event will be an opportunity to meet other Unite young members with similar interests.

If you would like to attend please contact Elaine Dougal