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What's Best for the Workers? 

Clydebank TUC organised a community event where people could hear both sides articultated from a Left position. The meeting was supported by the local branches of UNISON, UNITE, GMB, EIS, CLYDEBANK TUC, AND THE PEOPLE'S ASSEMBLY. Recorded Saturday 2nd April 2016 at the Hub Community Centre.

Part 1

For staying - Gail Casey Labour candidate for Scottish Parliamentary Elections for Clydebank and Milngavie.
For Leaving - Dr Nigel Griffiths, former Deputy Leader of the House of Commons and Scottish Organiser of Labour Leave.

 

Part 2

For staying - Gil Patterson SNP MSP for Clydebank and Milngavie.
For Leaving - Alex Smith former Labour MEP

 

 

2015 anti trade union bill part2

Here are video highlights from the Afternoon session of a highly successful West Dundartonshire "Kill the Bill" day event organised by the People's Assembly Scotland & Clydebank Trades Union Council, where national figures & local activists showed that the Tory anti-Trade Union Bill was in fact an attack on ordinary workers, their families & their communities.

The underlying purpose of the Tory anti trade union legislation is to 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 in-come from the working class to the rich and big business.


ACTION and SOLIDARITY can defeat this attack on trade union freedom.

1. Jim Halfpenny

Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) Convenor for West Dunbartonshire Council.

 

2. Martin Rooney

Leader of West Dunbartonshire Council

 

3. Janet Cassidy

Clydebank Trades Union Council, and also the RMT Union

 

4. Billy McEwen

GMB Union Convenor for West Dunbartonshire Council.

2015 resist tory trade union attack part1

Here are video highlights from the Morning session of a highly successful West Dundartonshire "Kill the Bill" day event organised by the People's Assembly Scotland & Clydebank Trades Union Council, where national figures & local activists showed that the Tory anti-Trade Union Bill was in fact an attack on ordinary workers, their families & their communities.

The underlying purpose of the Tory anti trade union legislation is to 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 in-come from the working class to the rich and big business.


ACTION and SOLIDARITY can defeat this attack on trade union freedom.

1. Jackson Cullinane

Political Officer UNITE the Union Scotland

 

2. Lynn Henderson

Scottish Secretary of the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS)

 

3. Dave Moxham

Deputy General Secretary of the STUC

The cuts being imposed by governments in the name of "austerity" are having a huge impact, disproportionately so on some of the poorest and most vulnerable in our communities & society at large.

To explore how damaging these cuts are locally, Clydebank TUC helped organise the West Dunbartonshire ANTI-AUSTERITY Day in September 2015. Local workers and activists came together & together shed light on the scale of the massive attacks on working class communities, the effects of which are seldom if ever highlighted in most mainstream media. Below are video clips of highlights from throughout the day.

 

Attacks on Illness & Disability support

Jackie Maceria, Convenor, Scottish Disability Equality Forum

 

Opposing Far right exploiting Austerity for Fascism

Rab O' Donnell, Greater Glasgow Hope not Hate

 

No to CUTS: Another World is Possible!

Arthur West, Scottish People's Assembly

Simon MacFarlane, UNISON West of Scotland

 

The cuts being imposed by governments in the name of "austerity" are having a huge impact, disproportionately so on some of the poorest and most vulnerable in our communities & society at large.

To explore how damaging these cuts are locally, Clydebank TUC helped organise the West Dunbartonshire ANTI-AUSTERITY Day in September 2015. Local workers and activists came together & together shed light on the scale of the massive attacks on working class communities, the effects of which are seldom if ever highlighted in most mainstream media. Below are video clips of highlights from throughout the day.

The Impact of CUTS on Housing & Homelessness

Margaret Wood, UNITE the Union

 

Fracking: Why it's bad and why authorities may be tempted

Karen Dunlop, West Dunbartonshire Anti-Fracking Group

 

Health & Saftey: Workplaces are less safe due to Austerity

Billy McEwan, GMB Union & Hazards

 

Tackling Benefits Sanctions

Susan Clark, Citizens Advice Scotland

 

In the run up to a General Election, we asked a representative of Labour and the SNP - "Who is best for Worker's Rights?"

Filmed live at Clydebank Trades Union Council  http://clydebanktuc.org/ on Thursday 23rd April

Neil Findlay, Labour MSP
&
Cllr. Martin Docherty, SNP West Dunbartonshire Parliamentary Candidate

 

Huge strides for the campaign against the illegal blacklisting of trade unionists over the past 18 months; the sparks victory in the BESNA dispute, the Scottish affairs select committee report, the high court conspiracy trial coming up against Sir Robert McAlpine, numerous tribunals and actions in the European court of human rights, and now UNITE and GMB putting serous resources into the campaign.Now everything is centring on the Crossrail project, where 17 of the 38 known blacklisters are operating. Join the campaign and get blacklisted trade unionists back where they belong - on sites organising.

Reel News and Blacklist Support Group present: Blacklisted 2012

Multinational construction companies have been illegally blacklisting trade unionists in the UK building industry for years using the Consulting Association blacklist - the successor to the notorious Economic League with allegations about involvement by M.I.5, Special Branch and the UK security services

The good guys: Ricky Tomlinson, Des Warren, John Hendy QC, Professor Keith Ewing, Gail Cartmail, Glenis Willmott MEP, Stephen Hughes MEP, Jim Lafferty, Steve Hedley, Steve Acheson, Steve Kelly, Brian Higgins, Mick Dooley, Terry Renshaw, Jill Warren, Kath Warren, Colin Trousdale, Tony Jones, Darren O'Grady, George Fuller, Tony O'Brien, Mick Abbott, Frank Morris, Graham Bowker, Ray Morris, Jim Grey, Mick Holder, Roy Bentham, Kev Homes, Dave Smith, Unite the Union, UCATT, RMT

The bad guys: Consulting Association, Economic League, Ian Kerr, Carillion, Tarmac Construction, John Mowlem Ltd, Amec, Amey, Balfour Beatty, Balfour Kilpatrick, Haden Young, Kier Ltd, Laing O'Rourke, Bam Construction (HBC Construction), Bam Nuttall (Edmund Nutall Ltd), Costain UK Ltd, Crown House Technologies, Emcor (Drake & Scull), GLovell Construction (UK) Ltd, Miller Construction Limited, Morgan Est, Morrison Construction Group, N G Bailey, Shepherd Engineering Services, Sias Building Services, Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd, Skanska (Kaverna / Trafalgar House Plc), SPIE (Matthew Hall), Taylor Woodrow Construction Ltd, Willmott Dixon, Vinci PLC (Norwest Holst Group), C B & I, Cleveland Bridge UK Ltd

The video covers the Shrewsbury Pickets, Rank & File Sparks, Jubilee Line, Pfizers, Olympics, Fiddlers Ferry, Construction Safety Campaign, Joint Sites Committee. This brand new version updated for 2012 shows those recent struggles, Employment Tribunals, Human Rights, demonstrations and direct action, to the most powerful challenge of all - the rank and file electricians' action.
Soundtrack by Alabama 3 and The Redskins

 

People's Assembly Scotland Launch: Phil McGarry RMT Union

 

 

People's Assembly Scotland Launch: Andrew Murray UNITE the Union

 

 

People's Assembly Scotland Launch: Grahame Smith General Secretary STUC

 

 

People's Assembly Scotland Launch: Ricky Tomlinson Shewsbury 24

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Clydebank Trade Union Council hosts another sucessful and balanced public debate on the Scottish Independence Referendum " #indyref " in the heart of Clydebank's community. Huge thanks for both the four invited speakers and the assembled audeince for making this a respectful and constructive public meeting, where issues & differing opinions could be explored in a comradely manner!

Recorded on Thursday 20th March 7pm at Clydebank Town Hall.


Speakers:
Cat Boyd, Radical Independence Coalition
Raymond Mennie, Communist Party of Britain
Alex Smith, ex MEP
Colin Fox, Scottish Socialist Party

 

Main Speeches from Invited Speakers

 

Further Discussion & Questions

 

In today's climate where workers and their communities are again under vicious attack from a Tory led government, this meeting will look at the world famous militant struggle on the Clyde when workers took on and defeated a government of the ruling class.

This was not just a walk down memory lane but a discussion on what today's trade union and community activists can learn from the brilliant tactics and strategies of the Clydeside shop stewards. Recorded Thursday 6th October 2011 in Clydebank to mark the 40th anniversary of the Work In.

Professor John Foster who co wrote the seminal book on the Work - In.

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Clydebank TUC: SHOULD THE WORKING CLASS SUPPORT INDEPENDENCE?

 

Clydebank TUC: Further Discussion - SHOULD THE WORKING CLASS SUPPORT INDEPENDENCE?

 

Recordered Thursday 3rd october 2013

Linda Fabiani MSP from the SNP
Anas Sarwar MP Deputy Leader Scottish Labour
Richard Leonard Red Paper Collective and GMB Scotland Political Officer
Jim Bollan WDC Councillor

 

 

VIDEO: THURSDAY 29th NOVEMBER 7.30pm Public Meeting Clydebank Trade Union Council

Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont’s ‘something for nothing’ speech has been described as being like ‘a train wreck’ and the ‘longest suicide note in history’. The problem for Lamont and her supporters is that the universalism of free bus passes for the elderly, free prescription charges and free tuition are very popular and people know they're not free. They voted to pay for them through their taxes! It is argued that there are lots of reasons why universal services are preferable to means testing such as better take-up, less admin costs, more equality and social solidarity. Therefore shouldn’t progressive taxation - the rich pay more - be the way to fund decent public services and shouldn’t these be central to Labour's policy rather than ditching universal benefits in favour of the hated means test?

Jackie Baillie MSP - Labour

Gil Paterson MSP - SNP

Stephen Boyd - STUC

Cathy Leach - Scottish Pensioners Forum

Contributions from the speakers

 

Questions and discussion

 

Blacklisted

Multinational companies have been illegally blacklisting trade-unionists for years, denying them employment. This film shares first hand experience from 12 blacklisted workers (including Ricky Tomlinson) about their fight for justice. Music: "Hostage" - Alabama 3.