Members from UNISON Fife recently attended a couple of rallies on Saturday 1st September. In the morning the Branch participated in a well-attended march through Kirkcaldy to commemorate and remember those Fifers who joined the International Brigade to fight in the Spanish Civil war.
A stirring key note speech was given by Councillor Willie Clarke on this very important event in history.
Later on that same day colleagues joined hundreds of other protestors in Dundee to show that fascism and racism isn’t welcome in any format in our towns and cities. The rally was organised by “Dundee Together” a group made up of many organisations including trade unions committed to fight fascism. The rally deplored the actions of Dundee City Council in giving a voice to the Scottish Defence League who had arranged buses to transport members into the city for a rally. Over three hundred Police were on duty at great expense to already stretched public funds to police an event that could and should have been prevented.
In the end only about 50 SDL members turned up and stayed corralled in a pen for 30-40 minutes before being escorted back out of town.
It was in total contrast to the dignified ceremony that took place in the morning but should act as a reminder to those of us who want a decent society for our families that we must always be prepared to stand up for what is right.