We are encouraging all our members to join us at the St Andrew’s Day March and Rally, on Saturday 28th November to give a clear message that refugees are welcome in the North East of Scotland but racism and fascism are not.
Gather at 11am in St Nicholas Churchyard, Unions Street and march off at 11.30 for a Rally in the Castlegate at 12 noon.
Kate Ramsden, Branch Chair, who will be chairing the Rally as President of the Aberdeen Trades Union Council said, “The theme of this year’s event is that refugees are welcome here.
“This important message reflects the theme of the STUC March and Rally which will take place in Glasgow at the same time.
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“When local people saw the terrible plight of the refugees in Calais and across Europe they rallied to provide support.
“Aberdeenshire council has called on the UK Government to extend offers of asylum to many more refugees fleeing war and oppression in Syria and has pledged to take refugees into our communities.
“Yet as this uncaring Tory government dithers, still thousands of desperate people are fleeing war, oppression, and hunger, and risking their lives on a hazardous journey. Many, including children, have lost their lives en route. But for accident of birth they could be our children. They deserve our compassion, but more importantly our support.”
11am Assemble at St Nicholas Churchyard. Look out for the branch banner and join us to march behind it.
11.30am March down Union Street
12noon Rally at the Castlegate
There will be speakers from trade unions, community and faith organisations and political parties at the rally.