Tonight First Minister of Scotland, Rt. Hon. Nicola Sturgeon MSP, will give the Jimmy Reid Lecture at Bute Hall, University of Glasgow, on the Trade Union Bill. The meeting will be chaired by Grahame Smith, General Secretary, STUC
Jimmy Reid was installed as elected Rector of the University in the Bute Hall in 1972 where he made his famous ‘The rat race is for rats. We're not rats. We're human beings’ speech. His archives are maintained by the University and some will be on display prior to the lecture.
The STUC call The Bill vindictive, unfair and unnecessary. It is an attack on the fundamental human right of workers to withdraw their labour, a right enshrined in international Conventions to which the UK is a signatory and which it will now contravene. It is a Bill that tramples over our civil liberties and should be of concern not just to workers but to everyone who values the right to peaceful protest.
The First Minister and guests will be welcomed by Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Anton Muscatelli. Following the speech there will be a question and answer session. The Reid Foundation Director, Professor Gregor Gall, will then make a short contribution on the Foundation’s work programme to conclude the event.
You can watch the event live: www.gla.ac.uk/events/reid