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Campaign to save
Inchgreen Dry Dock

Peel Ports are vandalising the facilities at Inchgreen Dry Dock purchased in
2002 from Clydeport. They blew up the cranes in July 2017 claiming it was
too costly to service and maintain. No investment has been made in the
facility since 2002 and rumour is they want to infill the dock and sell the land
for housing. The Dry Dock is the second largest in the UK and a major asset
for Inverclyde and the west coast.
 Who are Peel Ports?
The Peel Group is constructed like a Russian Doll, a company within a
company within a company and so on that produces hundreds of
companies.
The holding companies are registered in Tax havens, the Isle of Man and the
Cayman Islands.

Click here for further details of the campaign and click here for a 200+ page report on the Peel Group.

Mary Barbour statue unveiling

Unveiling to coincide with International Women's Day.
A statue honouring a formidable female campaigner will be unveiled in Glasgow on Thursday March 8 to coincide with International Women's Day.
The event marks the successful completion of a push by The Remember Mary Barbour Association (RMBA) for a permanent memorial to the Govan woman who led the 1915 rent strikers' to victory.
Mary Barbour and her army of supporters, exposed and protested against unscrupulous landlords who took advantage of war-time poverty by hiking up rents and threatening to evict people unable to pay.
Those who joined 'Mary Barbour's Army' succeeded in forcing a change in the government's rent legislation.

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Branch resolution on fuel charges and VAT

At the February meeting of the Branch, the following motion was carried, nem con:
This Branch urges Unite to campaign for the removal of VAT from gas and elecrticity charges. "Heating is a service essential to life and with our withdrawal from the European Union there is no necessity to pay this tax. We ask that this issue is raised with the Labour Party, with a view to it being incorporated in their general election manifesto, and other appropriate bodies."


Awards for All Questionnaire

As a branch we wish to apply for a project to Awards for All Funding under the aim of bringing people together and building strong relationships across communities. The project should show how we will build relationships and we need to show what the impact will be e.g. less isolation and / or loneliness, more confidence, improved wellbeing, increased involvement in participating, any evidence the project will encourage members to get involved in their communities.
We must show that members will be in the lead in determining what the project will be. Can you please complete the following options and make suggestions as to the type of project you would like us to apply for. Please tick any project you would be interested in participating in. You can tick more than one.
We are also asking for some personal information from you but this is anonymous and you will not be identified.

Option 1: A music linked project tying in with our Union Song Club: Purchase of dedicated portable equipment and other associated costs for the song club to enable us to improve the quality of the Song Club Sessions and to enable us to visit other union branches and encourage them to set up song clubs and to do outdoor events in Dundee, Ayr, Dumfries, Highlands and Islands, Edinburgh, Lothians, Fife.
Option 2: A music and story project “Playlist for Life”
A project where members work together to create a play and story list of their musical memories and record these on a MP3 player. Members will work in pairs or small groups to support each other to create their playlist for life and to record short stories about these memories. Members will be trained in how to do this.
The project will purchase 50 MP3 players and tap into resources created by Playlist for Life https://www.playlistforlife.org.uk which also affords volunteering opportunities.
We will create a memory book for each member who participates the cost of which will be covered by the Awards for All grant.
Option 3: A study tour linking with Retired Members in Liverpool and Manchester.
The study tour could include some or all of the following.. Please tick any which interest you.
a) Iconic music venues in Liverpool, Manchester.
b) The International Museum of Slavery( Liverpool)
c) Liverpool Docklands
d) Manchester People’s History Museum
The Theme for all would be Britain and Black Slavery (choose all if need be)
Option 4: Your ideas?
Please list any ideas you have for a project or you could suggest a combination of the projects listed above.

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