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Trade unionists in east London win great support for march against EDL thugs

by Patrick Ward
Issue No. 2266

Council workers in Tower Hamlets were going all out on Tuesday to build for the 3 September demonstration against the racist English Defence League (EDL).

“We had 45 people leafleting council offices—black, white and Asian staff together,” said Graham Eddy, assistant branch secretary at Tower Hamlets Unison.

“It was easy to organise. We sent an email around, and then branch workers phoned round all the stewards and asked them to come along.”

He added that people have been printing off the leaflets themselves from their emails and taking them round the libraries and council offices. “Piles of leaflets have been left at library receptions for people to take,” he said.

“The response has been good, people are happy to see us. No one refused our leaflets, and people really want to march. They’re angry that the EDL are coming to Tower Hamlets to divide our communities.”

The branch plans more leafleting sessions for the anti-EDL march this week.

The march was called by Unite Against Fascism and United East End in response to EDL plans to come to the area on 3 September.

The success story at Tower Hamlets council can be replicated around the country. The EDL thugs want to sow division—but instead they’ve shown just how united everyone is against them.

EDL Out of East London: meeting for trade unionists. Tuesday 30 August, 6pm, Oxford House, Derbyshire Street, Bethnal Green, London E2 6HG. Speakers include Billy Hayes (CWU), Zita Holbourne (PCS), Max Levitas (Cable Street veteran) and John McLoughlin (Tower Hamlets Unison)

Demonstrate Saturday 3 September. Assemble 11am, Weavers Fields, Bethnal Green, London E2 6HW. For details of transport and publicity go to

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Wed 24 Aug 2011, 18:40 BST
Issue No. 2266
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