International Workers Memorial Day 2024

On Sunday 28 April 2024 at 12.30pm at the Workers’ Memorial Tree in Princes Street Gardens West, join us in the annual gathering for International Workers Memorial Day as we remember those who have died at work in Scotland and everywhere and to pledge to make a safer world.

Please come and speak for your family, your union, your organisation. Lay a wreath or flowers.

Speakers will include Scott MacRory (FBU) and Joanna Cherry MP.

The theme this year is the impact of climate change on occupational safety and health.

Climate change and health and safety

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Tell LPF, stop using my money to invest in apartheid!

The Time to Divest campaign is collecting signatures for an open letter to the Lothian Pension Fund to divest from companies complicit in Israel’s apartheid in Palestine.

The pension fund uses the contributions it receives, from the employer and from your wages, to make investments. These include huge investments in Lockheed Martin, which arms the Israeli Defense Forces, and Caterpillar, which provides bulldozers used to flatten Gaza.

Council workers concerned with the situation in Palestine can be a powerful voice. Sign below to send the message to the pension fund—divest now!

Sign the open letter to LPF

Reduction in employers’ pension contribution

Your pension may be safe, but is the future of local government?

Yesterday, Andrew Kerr announced that the employers’ contribution to the Lothian Pension Fund will be reduced. We give you the details of this, what it means to you and what it means on a broader scale.

Key points are that this

  • does not affect your pension
  • is happening across the UK
  • provides the Council with extra funding, but this is a one off.

Details

Now, the employer contribution to your pension fund is 22.5% of the salary bill. This money, along with the money workers pay in, is invested to create the pot of money that pays workers’ pensions.

Every three years the pension fund reviews how much employers pay in.

The change will reduce the employers’ contribution from 22.5% to 17.4% until 31 March 2027. This is a more significant change than before.

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LPF, it’s time to divest!

Unite CEC Branch pledges its support for the Time to Divest campaign and joins with it to demand that Lothian Pension Fund divest from companies profitting from mass killing and apartheid in Gaza.

The horrific siege on Gaza continues, with the death toll now over 27,000 with over half being children. As many of those calling for peace since October predicted, the crisis is causing further unrest in the region, with conflict between Israel and Hezbollah in Lebanon, and the UK and the US now at war with the Houthis in Yemen.

Those that watch on horrified may wonder what they can do—is there is anything that can be done to help with a conflict so far away? How are we connected?

Your money funds companies profitting from apartheid

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