Tuesday 13 November

Still ragged, still relevant

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WHEN Townsend Theatre Productions first produced its twoman stage adaptation of Robert Tressell’s 1914 novel The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists a few years ago, it was acclaimed in the national press, including in the Morning Star, and by film director Ken Loach.

Now it’s back on the road again in a new version, with hugely accomplished writer and actor Neil Gore as the solo performer.

The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists is a unique novel of humour and sharply observed characterisation. It’s also a passionate defence of socialist ideas and one of the first truly imaginative portrayals of life written from a working-class perspective.

It charts a year in the lives of a group of painters and decorators in the town of Mugsborough at the turn of the last century. Haunted by fears of unemployment, the men struggle to keep their jobs at any cost but, in the course of events, some of them begin to realise that their condition of miserable poverty is neither “natural” nor “just.”

The workers — the “philanthropists” of the title — throw themselves into back-breaking work for poor wages to generate profit for their bosses. But they are joined by the artist Owen, whose spirited attacks on the dishonesty of capitalism, along with his socialist vision, highlight their workplace exploitation and the inequality in society as a whole.

The production includes an Edwardian magic lantern show, political conjuring tricks and live music and song. The audience join in, participating in the events surrounding the renovation of a large townhouse and meeting the many familiar and infamous characters from the book.

The themes explored are still relevant today, says Gore (pictured). “In 1914, Britain was on the brink of war and the majority of the population were living in a very tight economy with low wages and appalling working and living conditions.

“Questions were being raised about the reliability of those thought to be ‘masters’ and the capitalist system was under scrutiny by those who considered it responsible for massive and growing inequalities in society.”

Those themes resonate with many working and living under austerity now, where wages and working conditions are squeezed and where many struggle for the basic necessities of life.

“Meanwhile the richest in society just seem to be getting richer. Recent government policy would seem to be driving us backwards into the vast inequalities that existed in Tressell’s time,” he stresses.

The book and the play relate closely to everyone’s experience of work — its rivalries, hierarchies, humour and banter. But there’s also “hostility to political change and the acceptance of greed as inevitable and a natural way of life,” says Gore.

“All these aspects of life will be portrayed through theatrical tricks, songs, magic lantern projection and skilled performance of lively, relevant characterisation and rich storytelling, off ering a good night out for all.”


Thursday 7th September at 7pm

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UNISON, UNITE, GMB, EIS, branches and CLYDEBANK Trade Union Council are sponsoring a screening of the film “Belonging”, which has received praise from the likes of top film maker Ken Loach. It is not on general release yet but can be seen locally, for free thanks to the trade union movement.

“Belonging” is an investigative feature length documentary about where power lies in Britain.

It re-examines events surrounding three industrial disputes, Wapping, the privatisation of Royal Mail, and the dispute at Grangemouth Oil Refinery. Three governments over three decades, showing the impact of government and corporate power on democracy and human rights not just for trade unionists, but for all.

Personal stories are told by those at the centre of the disputes not only highlighting the impact of the actions of those in power on individuals and communities, but also raising the question of what lies ahead.

Pertinent indeed when we could have a socialist Prime Minister in the shape of Jeremy Corbyn before long. What will be the response of corporate Britain and the state be to that development?

“Belonging” will be shown on Thursday 7th September at 7pm in Clydebank Town Hall, 5 Hall St, G81 1UB. This is open to all trade unionists and the community at large.

We hope to have someone associated with the film along on the night to say a few words.

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

Free event, and if possible please bring a small financial donation for West Dunbartonshire foodshare.
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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!

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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.

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Saturday 2 April 12-3pm

Speakers are:

For Leaving - Dr Nigel Griffiths, former Deputy Leader of the House of Commons and Scottish Organiser of Labour Leave. Alex Smith former Labour MEP.

For staying - Gil Patterson SNP MSP for Clydebank and Milngavie. Gail Casey Labour candidate for Scottish Parliamentary Elections for Clydebank and Milngavie.

The debate will take place on Saturday 2nd April, 12-3pm in the Hub Community Centre, 405 Kilbowie Road, Clydebank G81 2TX. Free teas/coffees available.

The meeting is supported by the local branches of UNISON, UNITE, GMB, EIS, CLYDEBANK TUC, AND THE PEOPLE'S ASSEMBLY.

2016 EU debate CTUC

Sunday 6th March 2016 11am - 3:30pm

STUC, 333 Woodlands Road (above Stand Comedy Club), GLASGOW

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John Ainslie Scottish CND: author of key documents on Trident cancellation and arms conversion
Denise Christie Treasurer for FBU Scotland and Labour Party Campaign for Socialism
Neil Findlay MSP for Lothians, Labour

John Foster Co-worker with Alan Mackinnon on documents on arms conversion and NATO
Roz Foyer Senior Organiser, Unite Scotland
Kate Hudson General Secretary CND
Bill Kidd MSP Anniesland Glasgow, SNP

Dave Moxham Depute GS, STUC

Andrew Murray Chair Stop the War
Chris Stephens MP Glasgow SW, SNP
Arthur West Chair Scottish CND


In memory of Alan Mackinnon



Wednesday 10th February 6:30pm

Adelaide's Auditorium, Bath Street, Glasgow
209 Bath Street, G2 4HZ Glasgow, United Kingdom

Public meeting organised by Glasgow Trades Union Council


2016 02 10 GlasgowTUC Cuts

Our city is facing the worst cuts to council funding in its history, the figure £121 million could devistate the services in Glasgow that we all rely and depend on. It could also cut jobs and earnings for many families in our city. Glasgow Trades Council and the Joint unions representing the employees of Glasgow city council have called for a a public examination. This is no ordinary meeting of politicans speaking, instead we this meeting gives the people a chance to be heard by politicians. Any comunity group in Glasgow, community councils, tenants and residents, unions, faith groups, food banks are all invited to give evidence which will be heard and recorded. Invited to attend a panel of politican who will be asked to hear the evidence and respond include, leader of Glasgow City Council , Cllr Frank McAveety, representing the Scottish Government and Glasgow MSP for teh Southside, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and from the UK Government Secretary of State for Scotland David Mundell M.P.

Saturday 23rd January 2016 10:30am - 1:30pm

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University of Strathclyde Students Association
Vertigo Hall (level 8), 90 John Street (facing corner Martha Street), Glasgow G1 1JH

Steve Turner (Chair, National People’s Assembly), Sam Fairbairn (Secretary, National People’s Assembly),
Janice Godrich (President, PCS), Chris Stephens (SNP MP), Elaine Smith (Labour MSP),
Helen Connor (Vice President, STUC)
Phil McGarry (RMT)



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Saturday 7th November 12-3pm

The underlying purpose of the Tory anti trade union legislation is to is too crush the remaining power of the unions to protect the interests of working class people. This is in order to facilitate yet further transfers of wealth and income from the working class to the rich and big business.

ACTION and SOLIDARITY can defeat this attack on trade union freedom. Join us in the fightback at our joint trade union meeting.

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Monday 19th October 2015

2015 Trident Clydebank AMENDED

On 31 August George Osborne paid a visit to Faslane Naval Base. He announced a further investment of £500m in the infrastructure of the base - money that, he argued, would secure more jobs at the base and ensure the safety and security of the people of Britain. But do nuclear weapons really make us safer? And is spending vast sums on weapons of mass destruction the best way to create jobs in Scotland? Hear the answers to these and other questions.

Bill Kidd MSP SNP
Councillor Gail Casy Labour
Arthur West Scottish CND Chair


Hub Community Centre
405 Kilbowie Road
Clydebank, G81 2TX