AS you know Glasgow CND has for many years held annual commemorations of the dropping of the first atom bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. This year is the 70th Anniversary of these tragic events. On this occasion we are holding a joint event with Glasgow City Council (a member of the Nuclear Free Local Authoritiy network). This will include a civic reception and a welcome from the Glasgow Provost Sadie Docherty. In addition we will have readings and music, a statement from a Japanese survivor, and two short sessions on the historical context in which these bombs were dropped and a reminder of the horrific medical effects of nuclear war. These latter two components are, we believe, necessary because of the many attempts to justify the use of nuclear weapons as necessary to shorten World War 2.
The event will take place at 7pm on Thursday 6th August at the City Chambers, George Square, Glasgow. I hope you can manage to attend this important event.
Monday 15 June 7.30pm Volunteer Room, Irvine
Marcos Garcia of the Venezuelan Embassy and Matt Willgress talk about Venezuela - an Ayrshire CND Public meeting
Wednesday 16 June 7.30, Unite the Union, 42-44 King St., Aberdeen
Social Progress in Venezuela
Marcos Garcia, First Secretary at the Venezuelan Embassy on the gains of the Bolivarian revolution and the challenges faced by the progressive movement. https://www.facebook.com/events/1437632183224333/
Thursday June 18th, 7pm, STUC, Woodlands Rd, Glasgow
What's happening in Cuba? The New Era and the Future of Socialism.
Dr Stephen Wilkinson of the International Institute for the Study of Cuba will speak on current developments both within Cuba itself, and internationally.
Friday 19th June, 1.00 pm, Main Building, University of Glasgow
Communities Affected by Mining in Colombia
Colombian environmental lawyer, Ximena Gonzalez, from Tierra Digna, will share their latest reports on the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights in Colombia, and the impacts of business on some of Colombia’s most vulnerable groups.
SCIAF and Glasgow Human Rights Network (GHRN)
Saturday 20 June, 5.00 pm, Edinburgh
Taken from http://scottishvenezuelasolidarity.org.uk/
PORTRAYING THE RED CLYDESIDERS
Speaker: John Quinn
Academic at Glasgow School of Art
7 p.m. STUC Building, (above "The Stand" Comedy Club)
333 Woodside Road, Glasgow G3
Part of the "Our Class Our Culture" series of events - the working class movement past and present
Public meeting: Redeveloping Class Politics
Organised by Govan and Glasgow South West Readers and Supporters
Chair Kath Campbell
Speakers: Vince Mills, Ian Davidson and Cllr Matt Kerr
Pearce Institute, Govan Cross
The AGM of the PPPS takes place at the STUC at 7 p.m. on Friday 29 May (doors open from 6.30 p.m.)
Shares can be bought on the night - and if you have reports of new readers won, and how they were won, this would provide an important contribution to the general discussion.
You may have noted from the media, or social media, that on Friday 15th May, the STUC announced that it would be throwing its weight behind, and effectively becoming the key organiser of, a rally in George Square on Saturday 20th June 2015 against austerity.
The event, now entitled, “Scotland United Against Austerity”, will take place on the same day as a number of rallies throughout the UK, organised by the People’s Assembly. A particularly large event is anticipated in London. The event in Glasgow will take the form of a rally and will be taken forward in co-operation with the People’s Assembly in Scotland and the main organisations involved in that coalition. The event explicitly aims to involve a range of organisations opposed to austerity, including those who took positions for Yes and No during the recent referendum. A meeting was held with the People’s Assembly Scotland on Saturday morning and they are supportive of the strategy outlined. Equally, discussions will be taken forward with a range of other civil and campaigning organisations in the days to come.
This decision to hold the rally was taken quickly in the context of fast moving events towards the end of last week. The secretariat was able to confer with a number of, but not all, affiliates in coming to this decision. It was felt that the trade union movement in Scotland was best placed to take a leadership role in the anti-Tory, anti-austerity consensus and swift action was required to ensure that this was the case.
The main focus of the rally will, of course, be to unite opposition to austerity and provide a show of strength in opposition to the Tory Government. You will also have noted the immediate announcement by David Cameron of proposed legislation to further attack trade union freedom. Therefore, it has been agreed that trade union freedom and the need to join a union and get active as clear statement of opposition to austerity will be a key message for the event.
As of Saturday morning a Facebook event has been running https://www.facebook.com/events/1432486387055800/, over 2000 people responded in the first 24 hours to indicate attendance. We expect the outline details of the event to go live on our websites in the next 24 hours. Further updates will be provided in due course.
Clearly, it is of immense importance that the plurality of the anti-austerity consensus in Scotland is represented on 20th June. An organised trade union presence and trade union banners are particularly important. I would, therefore, be grateful if you would communicate the details of this event through your networks, on websites and through social media.
Grahame Smith, General Secretary STUC
Reason 1 - The government plans £12 billion in welfare cuts targeting the poorest in society.
Reason 2 - The new Tory disabilities minister opposed protecting benefits for disabled children and cancer patients
Reason 3 - Michael Gove has been appointed justice secretary. In 1999, when he worked for the Times, he called for hanging to be brought back as a punishment. He's also attempting to scrap the Human Rights Act.
Reason 4 - Cameron is announcing new plans to target 'extremists' giving the government powers to target anyone they think is undermining 'democracy'. This policy will be used to attack the Muslim community, and how long will it be before anti-austerity protesters get targeted too?
Reason 5 - The new equalities secretary voted against gay marriage
Reason 6 - The new business secretary wants to make it harder for trade unions to take strike action.
Reason 7 - The government plans to end social housing as we know it.
1. It’s the first nationwide response to the election
2. It’s the first mass response
3. How big it is will shape all that comes after
4. If its big there will be more local resistance
5. It's a defence or democratic rights
For more visit: http://www.thepeoplesassembly.org.uk/5_more_reasons
Part of the popular "My Class My Culture" series of events organised by the Morning Star.
Speaker: Cllr Gordon Munro
Chair: Jim Swan
9 Mid Street
Bathgate EH48 1PS
A workshop held in the STUC following the election of SYRIZA in Greece. Featuring Prof John Foster, Prof Prem Sikka and various trade unionists and activists.
The Conservatives are demanding another four years of drastic cuts – one and a half times those already inflicted.
By 2019-20 they intend to sack a million public sector workers and to slash government spending back to the level last seen in the 1930s. The Labour Party is also committed to a ‘balanced budget’ – though it says it will cut less and raise more through taxes.
The conference focused on two key questions:
The conference broucher is also available here as a PDF http://morningstarscotland.org/attachments/article/69/2015_march_MStar_program.pdf
Presented by Greater Glasgow HOPE not hate, In association with Glasgow St Patrick’s Festival.
Daughters of the Troubles: Belfast Stories is a one hour documentary by Emmy award winning producer; Marcia Rock and narrated by Anjelica Huston focuses on the role of women throughout the ‘troubles’ in Belfast. We also hope to have along a guest speaker & have time for an informal discussion about any issues raised.
FREE ADMISSION - all welcome!
Govanhill Neighbourhood Centre
6 Daisy Street,
Glasgow, G42 8JL
SPEAKERS from across the left condemned austerity as a political project aiming at shoring up the profits of the super rich at the recent Morning Star spring conference.
Professor Prem Sikka told an audience of Star supporters that the austerity project had succeeded in weakening trade unions, workers’ power and purchasing power. He made the link between the erosion of trade union rights and rising poverty and inequality in society.
Workers covered by collective bargaining agreements have fallen from 85 per cent in 1979 to just 23 per cent today and falling, and 13 million people in Britain are living below the poverty line.
At the same time the highest corporate profit has been recorded, and the richest 10 per cent in Britain have doubled their wealth to £519 billion.
“Just 10 per cent of this profit would pay off the so-called deficit” he told the audience.
Trade union activist Jennifer McCarey warned that the latest round of cuts would fall particularly hard on young people, women and disabled people.
She called on the audience to “reach out to our communities” in new ways and draw in people who are not necessarily involved with the labour movement but are being punished by austerity.
Unite political officer Jackson Cullinane argued that the Conservative government was succeeding in their desire to create “high unemployment and a desperate labour force” in order to “drive down wages and undermine terms and conditions and trade unions.”
Mr Cullinane noted that 1.8 million workers across Britain are currently on zero-hours contracts, guaranteeing them no security and rights in the workplace.
The contracts don’t just exist in the private sector, but right across the public sector, with one in four public-sector workers being paid less than the living wage in Scotland, he added.
Mr Cullinane called for full implementation of the living wage, as well as the restoration of collective-bargaining agreements and the end of fees for employment tribunals, which have caused an 80 per cent drop in cases brought against employers.