Unite Scotland recently enjoyed the great privilege of welcoming lifelong political activist and former MP Tony Benn to our Glasgow Office ahead of a preview screening of his Will & Testament documentary at the Celtic Connections festival.
Tony Benn with Unite Scottish Secretary Pat Rafferty and UCS backdrop
Our local activists packed the Conference room to watch clips of the forthcoming documentary and to discuss with Benn his life and work, in addition to the issues facing people and socialism today.
A vast range of topics were touched upon, from trade union freedoms and Benn’s involvement with the UCS work-in, to the forthcoming independence referendum and the future of the European Union against the backdrop of austerity.
Unite Scottish Secretary Pat Rafferty said, “It was an absolute privilege to have Tony with us in Glasgow, taking the time out of his very busy schedule to speak with our activists.
It was also particularly pleasing to see a mix of young and old listening to Tony discuss his experiences - from our youth committee representatives to our UCS veterans - and I hope it inspires them to increase their own involvement throughout the union in Scotland and beyond.
More than anything, Tony’s visit emphasised that activism matters. Trade unionists cannot be passive spectators if we want to create change for the better, irrespective if it’s in our workplaces, communities or in the political decisions that affect us all.”
Rosa Alexander, Mary Alexander & Euan McLaren with Tony Benn