Ricky Tomlinson leads an evening of entertainment supporting fairness and justice in the workplace at the Mitchell Theatre in Glasgow tomorrow night (Saturday 4 October), in a special event sponsored by Unite, the country’s biggest trade union.
Unite General Secretary Len McCluskey and former INEOS Convenor Stephen Deans are among the speakers who will share the stage with renowned musicians Rab Noakes and Arthur Johnstone, alongside performances by QYeen from NRNXPO and Stephen Wright, hosted by comedian Susan Morrison.
Tomlinson, the much loved actor of the Royal Family and Brookside fame, will speak about the ‘Shrewsbury 24’ campaign and his ongoing fight to clear the names of twenty-four trade union pickets convicted over a builders' strike in Shropshire 40 years ago, of which Tomlinson was included.
Unite Scottish Secretary Pat Rafferty said, “This is a special event not only for the fantastic entertainment that will be on show but also to hear the contributions from the likes of Ricky and Stevie Deans who have faced the full- force of the establishment agenda but continue to fight for fair and just working conditions.
“Now more than ever, the glaring inequalities in our economy and society are evident for all to see and so many of the hard-fought employment and workplace safety rights we struggled for as trade unionists are now being slowly stripped away by the politics of austerity and private interest.
“So tomorrow’s gig will be an unabashed celebration of working-class achievement and struggle and also a display of solidarity to argue that decent jobs and decent lives go hand-in-hand with decent employment rights and safe, secure workplaces.”
Doors for the free show open at 7PM for a 7:30PM start and a limited number of complimentary tickets will be available at the Mitchell box-office from tomorrow afternoon on a first-come-first serve basis.
For further information regarding the event please contact Stephen Wright at Fairpley on 07734 350247 or Peter Welsh on 07810 157931.