Trade Unions across Scotland are supporting Mandela Day: Saturday 18th July 2015

July 16th 2015

To celebrate Nelson Mandela International Day the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) is supporting Action for Southern Africa (ACTSA) Scotland to send children’s books to school libraries in Nelson Mandela’s home province of Eastern Cape, with which Scotland has a particular link.

The STUC has been collecting books for the appeal over the course of the last month and trade unionists will be joining ACTSA Scotland volunteers to pack and send the container to South Africa on Saturday 18th July.

Grahame Smith, STUC General Secretary said;

“Trade unions are proud to be supporting ACTSA’s book appeal and are pleased to be able to send another container load of books to South Africa. The legacy of colonialism and apartheid in South Africa continues to blight the lives of South African children and by collecting books for school libraries, Scotland can continue to support the creation of a better future for this country and its people.

“There is no doubt that Nelson Mandela was an inspirational figure during his lifetime and it is right that we should honour his life and his work on International Nelson Mandela Day by promoting voluntary and community service and by supporting the education of children in South Africa.”

Brian Filling, Honorary Consul for South Africa and Chair, Action for Southern Africa (ACTSA) Scotland said:

“Nelson Mandela International Day, now a fixture in the calendar, is especially significant in this the 60th anniversary year of the signing of the African National Congress’ Freedom Charter in 1955.

We welcome the support of the STUC and Scotland’s trade unionists for their continuing solidarity with the people of South Africa, who are still wrestling with the legacy of apartheid and colonialism.

This container of some 50,000 books will mean that ½ million books will have been sent to the Eastern Cape from Scotland since the end of apartheid. These books are cherished by the children of South Africa.”

ENDS

Notes to Editors: ACTSA Scotland will be packing a container of books at 10am at Hillhead Library, Byres Road Glasgow on Saturday 18th July.

A formal send off for the container will then take place in George Square at 2pm followed by a civic reception in the City Chambers.

For more information contact Ian Tasker 0141 337 8100

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