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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It's now time for the branch Annual General Meeting, and this year we'll be repeating our split AGM format across both Universities. The AGM will be held on two days at lunchtimes, with one meeting at RGU and the other at UofA. Please make every effort to come along to one of them.
Refreshments will be provided from 12 noon and the AGM meetings will start at 12.30pm.
University of Aberdeen
Monday 5th March 2018: 12 noon – 1.30pm (for 12.30pm start)
Room KCG7, Kings College, Main Quad, University of Aberdeen
Robert Gordon University
Tuesday 6th March 2018: 12 noon – 1.30pm (for 12.30pm start)
Room H230, Health & Social Care Building, RGU
Papers and agendas will be sent out to members in advance of the meetings. Please also ensure you complete and submit any nomination forms for stewards and branch officers prior to the meeting.