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Make Poverty History/G8 Summit

2005 is a key campaigning year for international development campaigners. Events in 2005 include: hosting of the G8 Summit in June, in Scotland; UK holds the Presidency of the European Union; 20th anniversary of Live Aid concert; The Commission for Africa

Campaigning organisations and charities, such as Oxfam, Christian Aid, ACTSA, SCIAF and the World Development Movement, have identified how they can campaign together to urge the UK Government to commit to the following policies, all of which UNISON has called for in the past:

  • Drop the Debt
  • Trade justice
  • More and Better aid

Demonstration/Rally - Edinburgh - 2 July 2005

UNISON Scotland has agreed to support the mobilisation for the event in Edinburgh on 2 July.

Key events on 2nd July

Forming a giant human white band around Edinburgh, challenging the G8 to take action

Sending messages directly to the G8 on 2 storey high MAKEPOVERTYHISTORY letters

Hearing campaigners from across the globe sending a clear challenge to the G8

Members should keep in touch with their Branch International Officer to find out how they can participate.

UNISON's Scottish Council also supports the G8 Alternatives coalition and the blockade of Faslane on 4 July organised by Scottish CND and Trident Ploughshares.

International Day School

Are you interested in finding out more about the UNISON Scotland International Committee's work? Are you a new Branch International Officer? Do you want to know:

How to get involved in the MAKEPOVERTYHISTORY campaign and build membership support for the 2 July in Edinburgh?

What's happening in Palestine, Cuba and Southern Africa?

If so, why not attend a Day School being arranged for:

Saturday 21 May 2005

City of Glasgow Branch Offices

Albion Street


One of our key partners, War on Want, will lead sessions on Palestine and Southern Africa. Members of our NEC and the Scottish Cuba Solidarity Campaign will lead the session on Cuba.

Twinning with Cuba

In November last year Mike Kirby, Scottish Convenor, arranged a visit to Scotland of a Cuban trade unionist from a Health Workers' union. UNISON Scotland welcomed the opportunity to discuss closer links between UNISON Scotland and that union (SNTS) in the Holguin region. As a first step, a draft protocol for a Twinning Agreement has been produced and an initially favourable response has been received.

Emailing List

Emails covering a range of international trade union/social justice issues are received by UNISON Scotland. It is possible to forward these. If you would like to go on our email list, please contact Michael MacNeil with your email address.

Contact Box

If you would like to know more about any of UNISON's international work, please contact:

Michael MacNeil
Secretary - UNISON Scotland International Committee
14 West Campbell Street
G2 6RX
0800 7777 006




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