The STUC will celebrate Nelson Mandela’s
“unsurpassable contribution to the
causes of freedom, liberation and anti-racism”
by working with ACTSA, Glasgow City Council,
and the STUC Black Members’ Committee
to celebrate Mandela Day and to enhance
the celebrations to reflect Madiba’s
unique achievements and inspiration.
Supporting, UNISON’s Paul Gupta
told delegates that one of the earliest
of many honours and awards which Nelson
Mandela received in his long life was
from UNISON’s predecessor, NALGO,
who gave him Honorary Life Membership
of the union.
“While we were giving Nelson Mandela
the only honour in our power, the Tory
Government of the time was opposing sanctions
against South Africa and refusing to talk
to the ANC.
“Our view was different,”
said Paul, “And our members showed
their commitment to ending apartheid with
their time, money and political support
over the decades.
“So while we are sad at the passing
of one of the great men of our time, we
celebrate his life of achievement and
we take pride in the fact that this union
has never wavered in our support for freedom
and justice in South Africa.
“A commitment that continues to
this day through our links with Action
for Southern Africa and Community Heart.”