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Sunday 12 March at 11am

2017 morning star spring conf

The year’s spring conference will discuss what can be done to rebuild collective organisation. It will hear of the proposals from the Labour Party to make the reintroduction of collective bargaining a key plank of its legislative programme. The conference will also discuss the urgent and immediate challenge of rebuilding working class unity from below in the battle to defend workers and communities against the cuts currently being imposed across local government and the public sector.
Over the past ten years the share of national income going to working people has fallen by over 5 per cent and since 1975 by 15 per cent. Over the same period the proportion of working people in trade unions has fallen from over 50 per cent to little more than 20 per cent. Among those aged under 25 the proportion is now below 7 per cent. The number of workers covered by collective bargaining has been more than halved to just 29 per cent.
This transformation has political causes: a succession of governments that have sought to undermine every aspect of organisation among working people and above all the trade union movement. The transformation has also had political consequences: fatalism, racism and the rise of right-wing populism

Joginder Bains General Secretary Indian Workers Association (GB)
Tommy Campbell Unite Organiser Aberdeen
Jane Carolan Unison NEC; TUC GC
Denise Christie Chair Scottish Labour Campaign for Socialism; Treasurer FBU Scotland
Neil Findlay MSP (Labour) Lothians
Roz Foyer Senior Organiser Unite Scotland
Tam Kirby Fife People’s Assembly; Unite Scottish EC
John McDonnell Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer
Phil McGarry Chair People’s Assembly Scotland; RMT Political Officer
Mark McHugh Scottish Secretary Bakers and Allied Food Workers Union
Rab O’Donnell Secretary Hope not Hate West of Scotland
Chris Stephens MP (SNP) Glasgow SW

STUC Centre (above the Stand Comedy Club)
333 Woodlands Road
G3 6NG


10.45 Registration
11.00 Chair’s opening remarks
John McDonnell
Joginder Bains
Tommy Campbell
Chris Stephens
12.30 Lunch
1 p.m. Discussion groups
Tam Kirby Phil McGarry.
Neil Findlay Tommy Campbell
Joginder Bains Rab O’Donnell
Reports from discussion groups
Denise Christie
Jane Carolan
Neil Findlay
Mark McHugh

Thursday 23 Feb 7pm


2017 feb i daniel blake

A free showing of the award winning film "I, Daniel Blake" sponsored by EIS, GMB, RMT, Unison, Unite and Clydebank TUC. All welcome.

Speakers from The Peoples Assembly(Scotland) & PCS Trade Union.

This event is free. If possible, please bring a small financial donation for West Dunbartonshire Foodshare.

Eventbrite listing: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/film-i-daniel-blake-tickets-31284356352

Facebook Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1380424528666108/

Tuesday 21st March 7pm

2017 march larkin connolly 1000

Eventbrite page: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/james-connolly-jim-larkin-the-1907-belfast-dockers-strike-tickets-31755045195

Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1760748904252870/

Speaker: Tommy Campbell,
Unite Regional Officer, Aberdeen

The Edwardian period saw Belfast at the crest of a long wave of industrial and geographical expansion. Unskilled workers were poorly paid relative to their UK counterparts, and employers were able to draw on huge numbers of unskilled rural workers - the gap in wages and living standards between the two groups was, ‘a yawning abyss, unequalled anywhere else in the United Kingdom.’

The first annual conference of the British Labour Party was held in Belfast in early 1907. Labour organiser and socialist agitator James Larkin attended, intent on the organisation of Belfast's 3100 dockers, 2000 of who were casual ‘spellsmen’ hired at low rates on a daily basis. The 1907 strike in Belfast united Protestant and Catholic workers.

James Connolly and Larkin were instrumental in the setting up of the Irish Labour Party in 1912, in anticipation of a Home Rule parliament. Connolly also had the dubious privilege of being denounced from both Catholic and Protestant pulpits for his activities!


Augustine Church Centre
41 George IV Bridge

Tuesday 7 March at 7pm

2017 march caterpillar

Eventbrite page: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-caterpillar-occupation-the-lessons-30-years-on-tickets-31756421311

Facebook Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/169206753568724/

The US multinational tried to close the doors on its Uddingston plant in January 1987. Instead the workforce took possession!
What lessons can we learn from this momentous event today, in an era where workers and jobs are seen as disposable and where government tries to shackle our trade unions? Come along and find out, a free event organised by the Morning Star newspaper and part of the "Our Class, Our Culture" series of Scotland-wide events.

John Brannan (Convener),
John Gillen (Senior Engineering Steward)
Richard Leonard MSP

Chair: Elaine Smith MSP


Blantyre Miners Welfare Society & Social Club
5 Calder Street
G72 0AU

Monday 6th March @7:30pm
Clydebank Town Hall

This is a Free event, and if possible please bring a small financial donation for West Dunbartonshire foodshare.
The event is sponsored by Unite, Unison, GMB, EIS and Clydebank TUC. Including a speaker from the International Brigades Memorial Trust. 
Eventbrite pagehttps://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/play-dare-devil-rides-to-jarama-tickets-31375827946
Facebook event page

Dare Devil rides to Jarama

In the top 2016 London shows to see @londonTheatre1 & Blog of Theatre Things

'A Company making a name for delivering, vivid politically committed theatre' The Observer
★★★★★'Dare Devil Rides to Jarama is quite simply the best political theatre produced for a long, long time.' Morning Star
★★★★★'Dare Devil Rides To Jarama is outstanding entertainment' LONDON THEATRE1

West Dunbartonshire Joint Trades Unions and Clydebank Trades Union Council are bringing working class culture back to Red Clydeside!

2017 feb i daniel blake

A free showing of the award winning film "I, Daniel Blake" sponsored by EIS, GMB, RMT, Unison, Unite and Clydebank TUC. All welcome.

Speakers from The Peoples Assembly(Scotland) & PCS Trade Union.

This event is free. If possible, please bring a small financial donation for West Dunbartonshire Foodshare.

Eventbrite listing: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/film-i-daniel-blake-tickets-31284356352

Facebook Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1380424528666108/

Saturday 3rd December 11:30am

2016 12 ROSE conf

Eventbrite page: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/rose-conference-negotiating-for-people-not-big-business-tickets-29748240789

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/658421530984036/

Organised by ROSE: Radical Options for Scotland and Europe. ROSE was formed in August 2016 to bring together those in the trade union and Labour movement who want to campaign for a post-Brexit settlement that protects and enhances workers’ rights both at work and politically in terms of the freedom of Scottish governments to advance democratic control and public ownership. 

Conference 11:30am AGM will follow at 1.30 p.m.

Pauline Bryan, Jim Sillars, Ian Davidson, Kevin McCorry, Gordon Martin

145 West Regent Street, Glasgow G2 4RZ

Conference and AGM. All welcome. No fee. Register at door.

Tuesday 6th December 7pm

Eventbrite page: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/paisley-connolly-1916-and-scotland-tickets-29702848018

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1321739791209571/

Steven Coyle and
Keith Stoddart

Chair: Colin Mack, Paisley TUC

Paisley Town Hall, PAISLEY PA1 1JF
Part of the Morning Star's "Our Class, Our Culture" events across Scotland.
In conjunction with the 1916 Rising Centenary Committee - Scotland http://www.1916risingcentenarycommitteescotland.co.uk/

2016 12 star connolly

Saturday 10 December 12-3pm

2016 christmas bazaar

This year’s bazaar will be held on 10 December from 12 noon to 3pm. We’re looking for helpers though from 10 am to help with leafleting and the set-up.

The venue is the Annexe Stewartville Street, Partick Glasgow.
We’re hoping to build on the success of last year’s Bazaar. As ever, the Star relies on the generous support of its readers and friends.

Please consider supporting this year’s event in one or more of the following ways:

- donations for the stalls, the big wheel and tombola: bottles, home baking and other home produce, toys and games, gift items, quality bric-a-brac, plants etc (no clothes or electrical goods though).

- help with distributing leaflets and posters in the run-up to the Bazaar.

- help on the day with transport, the stalls, the tearoom and leafleting.

- direct financial support through a donation from yourself and your colleagues.

Any help that you can offer would be much appreciated. At the very least spread the word through your contacts and in social media.


WIN WIN WIN! - Great Collection of Progressive badges

2016 morning star Xmas badges

Here's an opperchancity to own a bit of history while helping the peoples paper the Morning Star. On offer is 100+ badges going back to the 1960s with examples from every major struggle of the last fifty odd years and few Soviet ones thrown in for good measure. To get your hands on these beauties for only two quid at the Bazaar in Partick, and you'll get one of only 50 tickets for a draw taking place at Glasgow's Morning Star bazaar on the 10th of December in the Annexe in the popular peoples republic of Partick.

C'mon its only two quid and even if you don't get them you still win as you'll be keeping this islands only socialist daily paper afloat!

Oh and there's rare Spanish Civil War collectables as a second prize too.

10am Friday 25th November ("Black Friday")

Tell AMAZON to treat their workers with respect!

Organised by Fife People's Assembly & Fife TUC 

2016 11 25 expose amazon


Thursday 29 September 7pm

Speaker: Eddie McGuire
Chair: Kath Campbell

eventbrite logoEventbrite page: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/music-in-defence-of-the-spanish-republic-tickets-28108665776

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/114556655673872/

Eddie McGuire, internationally renowned Scottish composer and famous flautist of the Whistlebinks, gives his insights into the role of music in the Spanish Civil War.

Part of the Our Class Our Culture series of Scotland-wide events, organised by the Morning Star daily newspaper of the Left.

Venue: STUC, 333 Woodlands Road, Glasgow G3

2016 Sept Glasgow spain