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General election - can we vote against Trident?

The General Election is on Thursday 8th June. Today is your last chance to register to vote. 

When deciding who to vote for Scottish CND are urge you to remember that nuclear weapons are not history and that Scotland could be in the firing line if the UK supported any conflict which involved nuclear weapons.

Nuclear Disarmament in Scotland, NATO and Trump.

Donald Trump will be attending the  NATO summit which takes place on May 24 and May 25 in Brussels.

 

We are hiring

                                                     

Scottish CND is looking for a part time Administrative Assistant, based in our Glasgow office. 

Hours: 16 hours a week 

Salary: £16, 861/year pro rata (£10.04 / hour) + 6% pension contribution

Purpose of the Role

  • Assisting with the clerical and administrative work of Scottish CND:
  • Processing membership applications and renewals;
  • Maintaining databases of members and supporters;
  • Dealing with payments, orders and stock for the online shop;
  • Processing invoices and donations;
  • Responding to enquiries;
  • Responding to correspondence;
  • Occasional minute taking;
  • Assisting with other office administrative tasks as required by the SCND Organiser.

For the full job description click here

Further job particulars here.

Application deadline Friday 2nd of June 2017.  Shortlisted candidates will be approached by 12th of June for interviews on Monday 3rd of July.

To apply please send the documents listed below to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  1. The application form - Download here
  2. Your CV. 
  3. The Equal Opportunities form (this is voluntary) - Download here

(Please save the application form and your CV with your surname in the title, e.g. Smith application.doc, Smith CV.doc)

If you want to ask any questions before submitting your application, phone 0141 357 1529. We will be happy to talk to you.

 

Scottish CND letter to BBC

Scottish CND have written to the BBC asking for fair coverage of the forthcoming Nuclear Weapons Ban talks in New York in a few weeks time.

Below is the letter sent by Scottish CND:

I am chair of the Scottish Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and we are currently working on a number of nuclear weapons related issues.

One of the most important strands of our work at the present time is raise awareness of UN based discussions aimed at bringing about a Global Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty.

These discussions are due to take place at the UN in New York between June 15 - July 7 .

The discussions are taking place following a vote in the United Nations General Assembly in December 2016 to convene a conference in 2017 to negotiate a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons leading towards their total elimination.

Who opposes Trident Replacement?

If you are planning to raise the subject of Trident replacement with candidates during the General Election campaign you might find the following information useful.

Four of the current party leaders at Westminster voted against Trident replacement. 

• Angus Robertson- SNP 

• Jeremy Corbyn- Labour

• Tim Farron- Lib Dem

• Caroline Lucas - Green 

Only Theresa May, the Conservative leader, voted for Trident replacement. 

As our Chair, Arthur West says,'Thank goodness that the vast majority of Westminster party leaders have the good sense to oppose Trident replacement!'

General Elections Statement

Scottish CND have issued a statement in response to the recent announcement of a General Election.

The statement reads as follows:

Complacency about nuclear risks is now turning to concern among voters who had come to believe that nuclear weapons were history. This General Election is an opportunity to look critically at the policies of the parties seeking our votes.

Scotland will be the number one target in Europe outside of Russia if we are dragged into a war. The Faslane base just 30 miles from Glasgow has the biggest concentration of nuclear firepower. With Trump in control of the US arsenal, we are in a period of great uncertainty. Scotland's best defence is to be known for its peace and disarmament work. Instead with Trident we are known as the place where the British state keeps its nuclear bombs so that it can pose as a big power.

The British Conservative Government recently announced that it would be prepared to make a 'pre - emptive' strike and use the Trident bombs to launch an attack first, killing millions of civilians. That support for first - use creates a frightening breeding ground for mistrust and miscalculation. Don't let Scotland be part of this. Use your vote wisely.

Funeral Announcement: Frances Mildmay

Have received some sad news that Frances Mildmay from the United Nations Association had passed away . Frances will be known in a number of networks.

Funeral is on Friday May 5 at 230pm in Glasgow Crematorium at 19 Chester Road Maryhill Glasgow G2

Regards Arthur West 

 

Scottish CND at Scottish Trade Union Conference

Scottish CND have been out and about at the annual Scottish Trade Union Congress in Aviemore .

The Congress took place between April 24 - April 26 .

cottish CND had an information stall at the congress and we are pleased to note that many delegates showed an interest in the leaflets and materials available on the stall.

Arthur West chair of Scottish CND highlighted the case against Trident renewal at a number of meetings and events which took place at the congress.

Congress delegates were also given information on the forthcoming United Nations Global Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty talks -during the final session of the Congress.

 

The UN start of banning nuclear weapons

By the last day of the first session of the UN Nuclear Ban Treaty discussions in New York, there was an exuberant excitement in the room at the enormous significance of what is under way. 

132 UN Member states participated in this meeting to agree the elements for a nuclear weapons ban treaty. This important treaty is a real step towards general and complete disarmament, leading to peace, security, and human rights.  It is not an end itself, but an major tool.

UK protest at the UN Ban Treaty discussions

Over 120 UN states have started this week the negotiations to develop a legally binding instrument for the prohibition of nuclear weapons, along the lines of the bans on chemical weapons and landmines.

The UK Government decided to use its access to the United Nation, not to enter the discussion, but to join the US ambassador in a protest outside the room.

Despite the desperate efforts of nuclear countries to boycott this process it is clear that there is a worldwide support for the treaty. You can watch the discussions live here (keep in mind the time zone difference). 

UK's statements had the following points: