Unite Scotland Policy Conference 2016 - A strong union...

Unite Scotland Policy Conference 2016 - A strong union for Scotland

14 January 2016

Saturday 16 & Sunday 17 January 2016
Golden Jubilee Hotel, Clydebank, Glasgow, G81 4SA


•    13:30: Kezia Dugdale, leader of the Scottish Labour Party
•    16:40: Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the Labour Party

•    12:10: Len McCluskey, Unite general secretary
•    13:30: Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland


Unite Scotland has today (Thursday) published the agenda for its first policy conference to be held this weekend (Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 January).  

Among the issues to be debated are local authority debt and cuts to services, the ongoing oil and gas crisis, fracking and powers for Scotland. 

Saturday, January 16

10:00: Conference opens
10:10: Pat Rafferty, Unite’s Scottish Secretary’s address to conference
10:30: Debates on Education & Training; Local government; Transport
13:30: SPEECH: Kezia Dugdale MSP, Leader of the Scottish Labour Party
14:00: Debates on Employment & Trade union rights in Scotland
15:20: Community organising (presentation)
15.50: Debates on Environment, Energy and Rural Economy
16:40: SPEECH: Jeremy Corbyn MP, Leader of the Labour Party
17:00: CLOSE

Sunday 17th January 2016

09:30: Debate on Health and Social Services
11:00: Debate on Equalities
12:10: SPEECH: Len McCluskey, Unite general secretary
13:30: SPEECH: Nicola Sturgeon MSP, First Minister of Scotland
14:00: Debates on Civil Justice; Scotland and Europe
15:30: CLOSE

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.”

Accredited media representatives are invited to attend the conference floor for the keynote speeches only.

Please email 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.

Click here for the Unite Scotland Policy Conference 2016 Executive Statement and Composites Booklet.

Click here for the Unite Scotland Policy Conference 2016 Agenda.


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, most diverse union with 150,000 members across the economy. The union is led in Scotland by Pat Rafferty