The Scottish Government’s Partnership Action for Continuing Employment will join a seminar/drop in session for former employees of Thomas Cook arranged by Unite the Union.
The meeting in the Unite the Union offices in John Smith House, 145 West Regent Street, Glasgow will take place on Monday 30th September 2019 from 1 pm until 5 pm.
The bulk of Unite Thomas Cook members are cabin crew and engineers and there is no collective agreement which covers employees in Thomas Cook stores such as the one in Clydebank but Unite have extended the invitation to all Thomas Cook employees.
At the session former employees will have the opportunity to speak with PACE representatives for advice on a range of issues and Unite will provide legal guidance and back to work support.
Speaking about the report, Gil said:
"The collapse of Thomas Cook is a tragedy for the hard-working former employees of Thomas Cook who have lost their livelihood through no fault of their own.
"It is right that they should be given support to deal with the situation and I am pleased that Unite the Union and the Scottish Government have responded quickly."
Local MSP Gil Paterson says that he was delighted to meet artists from the Centro Arte Club of Corigliano-Rossano, Italy, last week. The group, which included a representative from Corigliano-Rossano Municipality, staged a joint exhibition with Clydebank’s Wee Scottish Art Group at the Backdoor Gallery in Dalmuir.
Mr Paterson discussed how close relations between West Dunbartonshire and Corigliano-Rossano can be encouraged and strengthened for the benefit of both communities.
Mr Paterson heard how City Council member of Corigliano-Rossano Municipality, Mr Tiziano Caudullo, has written to West Dunbartonshire Council’s Provost Hendrie and Baillie Denis Agnew to explore opportunities for friendship and cooperation between the two communities. The Italian Honorary Consulate in Glasgow was among those who have visited the prestigious exhibition.
The Wee Scottish Art Group have been in touch with Dunbartonshire Chamber of Commerce to explore the best way to capitalise on the links with Corigliano-Rossano and Mr Paterson has submitted a motion to the Scottish parliament marking the event.
Speaking about the groups’ visit and the art exhibition, Mr Paterson said:
“This is a fantastic initiative which really promotes cultural, economic and social links between Clydebank and Calabria.
“Art in all its guises helps us form friendships, highlight what we have in common and celebrate our differences.
“With all the negativity stemming from Brexit it is gratifying to see the unifying power of culture in action right here on our doorstep.
“Members of the Wee Scottish Art Group are to be thanked and congratulated for getting the message out there that Clydebank and Scotland are open for business and that we very much welcome links with our European friends.
“Initiatives such as this provide tremendous opportunity not just for our artistic community but for local businesses, for our schools and social groups as well.
“I was delighted that the group brought the sunshine with them from Italy, so they could enjoy the beauty of Scotland in pleasant weather.”
The collaboration between the two groups follows The Wee Scottish Art Group’s very successful trip to the European May festival in Italy last spring. At the prestigious festival the Clydebank group flew the flag for Scotland and West Dunbartonshire by joining Centro Arte in an exhibition of art, photography, theatrical performances, Scottish music, dancing and traditional food and drink.
The Chairman of the Wee Scottish Arts Group, Salvatore Volpe, came to live in Clydebank from Corigliano-Rossano in the Calabria Region of Italy 10 years ago. He has been the driving force in establishing a relationship of collaboration between his old community in Italy and his new community in Clydebank
During their stay the Italians visited Glasgow University and the Hunterian Museum, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Loch Lommond. They also took a tour of the Auchentoshan whisky distillery and sampled a traditional fish and chip tea.
The exhibition is free to view and runs until 28th September,
Local MSP Gil Paterson says that, following his request to Glasgow Airport, he is pleased to see that a dedicated page on the airport’s website has been created where members of the public can get information about the vortex protection procedure.
Speaking to the Clydebank Post, Mr Paterson said;
“While vortex incidents are rare it is important that, when they do occur, residents know where to go to find out what to do.
“Vortex can happen at any time of the day or night – they don’t stick to office hours – so the dedicated priority email account is essential to make sure that any repairs necessary are carried out quickly.
“This is a new initiative by Glasgow Airport and I’m very pleased that they have listened both to me and to local residents and have been proactive in putting folk’s minds at ease.”
The new dedicated website page where members of the public can access the Glasgow Airport vortex policy, as well as the dedicated, priority email address for reporting vortex incidences can be found here https://www.glasgowairport.com/vortex-protection/
Manty thanks to all who attended the recent very successful Child Bereavement Information Event at the Scottish Parliament. It is reassuring to see the quality of support available and the event was a sage reminder of where we would be without the voluntary sector.