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Sixth Annual Jimmy Reid Memorial Lecture


27 Sep 2018

7:00 pm

Frances O’Grady, General Secretary of the Trades Union Congress (TUC) presents ‘A Future after Brexit? Trade unions and the Scandinavian model of social democracy’ – chaired by Lynn Henderson, President of the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC).

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the formation of the TUC. As it was in 1868 – today, workers and their organisations are under sustained attack from austerity, job losses, neo-liberal economics and anti-union legislation.

Union membership is at its lowest since the 1930s, especially amongst younger workers. Wages have suffered their longest period of stagnation since the Napoleonic War in the early 19th century.

Frances O’Grady will discuss whether the Scandinavian model of social democracy offers a viable means of re-introducing workers’ rights, social justice and equality back into our workplaces and communities after March 2019 when Britain is due to leave the European Union.

Jimmy Reid Memorial Lectures

The Annual Lecture is the main public event of the Reid Foundation. Previous speakers have been Alex Salmond, Len McCluskey, Nicola Sturgeon, Jeremy Corbyn and Mark Serwotka.

George Square, where the event will be held, has witnessed many famous labour movement events over the years. The Lord Provost will give a short civic welcome prior to the commencement of the Lecture.

How to attend

Doors open from 6.00pm – there will be tea and coffee, and an exhibition and stall in the Picture Gallery.

The lecture commences at 7.00pm, followed by question and answer session, finishing about 8.30pm.

The MU has a very limited number of tickets for members, which will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis. If you would like to attend, please email or call 0141 341 2960.

Event location

Banqueting Hall, The City Chambers, George Square, Glasgow G2 1DU