First minister, Scottish Labour leader and Len McCluskey to address Unite Scotland’s inaugural policy conference.
Saturday 16 January - Sunday 17 January
Golden Jubilee Hotel
Glasgow G81 4SA
Scotland’s biggest and most diverse trade union, Unite Scotland, will hold its first ever policy conference this month (January) as the union deepens its commitment to its members and their communities to provide distinctive solutions for their concerns.
Delegates attending the two-day event will be drawn from across working Scotland, from local authorities to the oil and gas sector. They will gather to debate a wide-ranging set of policy proposals which will go on to inform Unite Scotland’s campaigning and industrial priorities, covering issues such as alternatives to austerity, alleviating the funding crisis in local government, tackling the Trade Union Bill and fracking.
They will also hear from leading speakers including Len McCluskey, the Unite general secretary, Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s First Minister and Kezia Dugdale, the leader of Scottish Labour.
Speaking ahead of the event, Unite’s Scottish secretary Pat Rafferty said: “This is an historic event for our union but it is also an important step forward in the fight to make Scotland a fairer and more prosperous country.
“We are determined to develop a distinctly Scottish campaigning agenda because Scotland needs a strong trade union that will stand up for workers’ livelihoods and rights, working with the Scottish government and our MSPs when we can but holding them to account when we must.
“The Scottish economy and labour market faces huge challenges – from the decline in the offshore sector, to the funding crisis across local government, as well as the need to offer our young workers mired in precarious employment a better future.
“Unite Scotland is strongly positioned to shape Scotland’s democracy, economy and society for the betterment of the many and this conference will be pivotal in helping to deliver our progressive agenda.”
The media is invited to attend for the keynote speeches only, which are scheduled as follows:
• Len McCluskey: Saturday 16 January at 10:30am
• Kezia Dugdale: Saturday 16 January at 1.30pm
• Nicola Sturgeon: Sunday 17 January at 1:30pm
Please email peter.welsh@unitetheunion to register for a place. Places are limited so media are advised to pre-register. Please also state if you have additional requirements, such AV support for a camera or require a parking space.
For further information, please contact Peter Welsh on 07810 157931 or Pauline Doyle on 07976 832861.
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Unite Scotland is Scotland's biggest union with 150,000 members across the economy. The union is led in Scotland by Pat Rafferty.