Day of Action by UNISON at Liverpool Hope University
The Day of Action on 30th November was a real success, with very low numbers of staff turning in to work. Whilst our action was not taken directly against Liverpool Hope University, it was very important that the numbers turning in for work were low, as this will be reflected in the statistics that Hope will be required to feed back to the Government. It is only through these statistics that the Government will get a real sense of the level of discontent felt by those working in the public sector.
Over 30 members of UNISON and UCU supported Branch Officers from both unions to cover each of the 9 entrances onto Hope Park’s campus between 7.00am and 11.00am.
The majority of the members and Branch Officers were present along both sides of Taggart Avenue and were extremely encouraged by the large number of supportive hoots and waves received from passing cars. This level of public support was in direct contradiction to the impression conveyed by the mainstream media channels, and was very heartening.
Most Branch Officers, and many of the staff who supported us in the morning, also attended the huge N30 rally which marched through Liverpool City Centre and congregated at St Georges Plateau for 1.00pm. At least 10,000 people attended the rally. One of the speakers reminded us that it was the centenary of the Transport workers strike that ended in protesters being brutally attacked at St George’s Plateau by the police. At the same time Churchill sent Warships up the Mersey, and troops with fixed bayonets into the streets.
I truly believe if the ConDems thought they could get away with it today, they would!
Fortunately, the spirit of the event was far different this time, with friendly cooperation between marchers, police officers and union stewards helping to achieve a very well organised and extremely upbeat event. One of the highlights of the day was the number of onlookers who clapped the marchers as they wound their way through the city centre, once again displaying a level of public support that the mainstream media seem to completely miss in their reports.
Today was a massive day of pride for Merseyside and those who took part in this campaign can hold their heads high.
I don’t know how to spell the noise of a vuvuzela so you’ll just have to imagine I’m blowing one now in a salute to you all
- Posted by: Chris Langton at 12:19pm on 1 December 2011
- Website: unisonlhu.org
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