Poverty and pensions are on the agenda for unions

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North Lanarkshire Trade Union Council held a public meeting in the GLO Centre, Motherwell, to debate poverty and pensions as part of the Campaign for a Fair and Equal Society.

NLTUC chairman Jim Baxter welcomed guest speakers from trade unions and pressure groups following the news that 24 different public unions are balloting members to take strike action on November 30 over pensions.

The audience heard from local UNISON member Lilian Macer, UNITE regional organiser Jackson Cullinane, Poverty Alliance member Peter Kelly, the Scottish Pensioners’ Forum’s Elinor McKenzie and GMB regional officer Richard Leonard.

Several members of the audience then joined in the debate with questions and points of view.

The NLTUC will be joining the Peoples’ March in Glasgow on October 1 where the STUC, faith groups and voluntary groups will take part in what could be Scotland’s biggest demonstration.

Full story in September 22 edition of Times & Speaker