Today saw the first Grampian Pride march down Union Street in Aberdeen which had hundreds of people proudly raising their rainbow flags and enjoying the sunshine in an inspiring event by the LGBT+ community, joined by their friends and allies from all walks of life.
Our new LGBT branch officers, Craig and Hamish were there along with other branch members in support of the event - it was a beautiful day full of beautiful people - we look forward to next year! See our facebook gallery for more photos of the event.
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Aberdeen's May Day March & Rally for International Workers' Day will be held on Saturday 5th May this year.
The event is organised as always by Aberdeen Trades Union Council. Each year, people across the globe take to the streets to commemorate International Workers' Day, or May Day.
ATUC President, Kathleen Kennedy said, "In our 150th anniversary year we want to make our May Day March and Rally an event to remember.
"We are calling on trade unions, community groups, friends and families to join us with banners and placards.
"We want to give a clear message on International Workers Day that workers matter. We are the backbone of our society and should be treated with respect, decently paid and their workplaces should be safe, healthy and family friendly.
"We shouldn't need to strike to defend our pensions, our pay and our terms and conditions - yet we do. Events like our May Day March show solidarity and support for our struggles."
Please gather at Rubislaw Terrace at 11.00am, to march off at 11.30am down Union Street. A rally will be held in the Castlegate from 12.15pm, with a range of speakers from trade unions, local politicians and community activists.
Higher education unions, including UNISON, and employers are due to meet again to discuss this year’s pay rise on 10 May.
At the last meeting on Friday 13 April, higher education employers offered to increase pay by 1.7%, or £325 a year (full-time equivalent), whichever is higher.
The joint trade unions replied that university workers need a larger increase.
UNISON head of higher education Donna Rowe-Merriman commented by pointing out that “universities could eradicate low pay in the sector if all employers agreed to become living wage accredited.
“In addition,” she said, “employers need to act now to ensure that salaries keep up with rising prices.”
Friday’s meeting also saw both discussions taking place on non-pay elements of the joint trade union claims, including the gender pay gap and casual employment contracts, and setting up a Scottish joint national council for higher education.
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