23 January 2013
Last September’s TUC Congress voted by 4 to one to consider the ‘practicalities’ of a general strike against Tory austerity. Meanwhile, George Osborne’s latest budget statement unleashed another onslaught against working people. Austerity is set to last till 2018 and beyond. Now the ConDem government have put measures into place from April, to make it even easier to sack workers, with a bare 6 weeks’ ‘consultation’. Also millions, both in and out of work, face savage welfare and housing benefit cuts.
Over fifty activists from a wide range of trade union and campaigns attended an initial planning on January12th to discuss establishing Unite the Resistance (UtR) in Scotland.
The meeting agreed an urgent co-ordinated response from our trade unions is required. On 14 November, millions of workers across Southern Europe took part in a general strike against austerity. UNISON Scotland has recently called for “co-ordinated strike action” to resist Austerity http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/index.php/news/content/view/full/126740
The meeting agreed to call a UtR launch conference in Glasgow Street and to create local networks of trade union and campaign activists. The conference will take place on Saturday 9th March in Renfields St Stephens, 260 Bath Street http://www.facebook.com/events/429398707130759/?fref=ts
We invite anyone who wishes to be involved in shaping the conference to come along to a planning meeting on Saturday 2nd February at 1pm (to 2.30) in the Mercure Glasgow City Hotel, 201 Ingram Street (full disability access). The UtR in Scotland conference will promote the need to resist Austerity and link local struggle. So if you have any speaker/ topic ideas please bring them along to the planning meeting or email UtR (below). Conference details will be sent out following the planning meeting.
The following activists support this initiative. If you would be interested in adding your name to those supporting the conference and UtR in Scotland please email firstname.lastname@example.org
It is time now to turn words into action!
John Boland (UNITE NHS Tayside Branch, Chair NHS Tayside Staff Side Sec.), Graham Campbell (BARAC), Michelle Campbell (PCS Scottish Govt. Group Exec Committee, pc), Ian Cochrane (EIS-FELA Branch Sec James Watt College & member of EIS-FELA Salaries and Conditions of Service Sub-committee), Neil Davidson (Vice Pres. of UCU at Strathclyde University, pc), Iain Ferguson (UCU Scotland Exec, pc), Kevin Ferguson (Deputy Sec, rep & ULR, UNITE NHS Lothian Branch), Colin Finlay (Chair, EIS Falkirk, pc), Nicola Fisher (EIS Exec & NC, pc & Chair, Glasgow STWC), Bob Fotheringham (EIS Executive Council, pc), Donny Gluckstein (EIS-FELA National Salaries’ Convenor), Penny Gower (EIS-FELA President), Grace Harrigan (Save the Accord Campaign), Jim Harte (UNITE, R & F M & E Construction Branch), Naomi Junnor (Vice Convenor, Glasgow City UNISON Fieldwork Stewards, pc), John Kelly (EIS-FELA NEC), Claire Lyall (Vice-Convenor, Glasgow City UNISON Social Work Stewards, pc), Mark Lyon (UNITE Convenor, Ineos Grangemouth & UNITE United Left), Jim Main (ASCO, Glasgow City UNISON, pc), Jim Malone (Regional Organiser, FBU, pc), John McArdle (Black Triangle Campaign), Angela McCormick (EIS-FELA NEC), Cheryl McCormick (UNISON National Service Group Exec Community Sector, pc), Steven McGhie (Branch Treasurer and H&S Rep, UNISON Forth Valley Health Branch, pc), Brian McKerrow (Vice Pres of EIS-FELA), Charlie Mackinnon (Glasgow EIS Committee of Management, pc), Jacqueline McGarvey (EIS-FELA Branch Sec, Coatbridge College), Derek Milligan (Remploy GMB shop steward, pc), Jock Morris (Chair, Glasgow Campaign to Welcome Refugees), Stephen Nolan (EIS-FELA committee member, South Lanarkshire College), Andrew Nyondo (EIS-FELA Branch Sec. Dumfries and Galloway College of FE), Brian Scally (Depute SCO, North Lanarkshire UNISON, LG, Motherwell, pc), Dave Sherry (Branch Sec, UNITE SHA Branch, SC151), Duncan Smith (Chair, City of Edinburgh UNISON Branch, pc), Margaret Woods (Glasgow Campaign to Welcome Refugees). Supported by Black Activists Rising Against the Cuts Black Triangle Campaign, Right to Work Campaign, UNITE Scottish Rank and File M & E Construction Branch, UNITE Scottish Housing Associations Branch (SC 151)