With two weeks to go to the 19 March anti-war demonstration trade unionists are organising at work and in their branches to ensure a big turnout.
Tony Phillips from the Unison union branch in the London fire brigades headquarters says, “Andrew Murray, the chair of the Stop the War Coalition, addressed our union branch’s annual general meeting.
“There were over 40 people there and they really warmed to the call for support for the demonstration. On the strength of that four us arranged a stall outside work to build the demonstration. Many more will be coming on the day.”
Joe Cardwell, who works in a youth offending team in Waltham Forest, east London, reports: “We organised a showing of Rose Gentle’s video at work and eight people from my small office turned up.
“Some people had been on the great anti-war march two years ago. This event reinvigorated them to come on the next one.”
Health workers in Bristol are also organising. Chrissie Gardner reports,“Five of us got together to sew a banner. We were waiting for the “Welfare” bit to arrive when this picture was taken (above).
“We are hoping to take a coach of health workers to the demonstration on 19 March.”
In London 25 tube workers met up with the Stop the War national convenor Lindsey German and Tony Benn for a discussion on the war, the occupation of Iraq and the demonstration. The meeting was sponsored by Hammersmith and City RMT union branch.
One of the health and safety reps there, Tony Collins, reports, “We had a wide ranging discussion about why solidarity with the people of Iraq means fighting here to end the occupation.
“As well as the speakers, we showed a couple of short videos. People took leaflets away to build the demonstration. Our union has sponsored the Stop the War Coalition from the beginning.
“We are now going flat out on the tube to get a big contingent on the demonstration. There’s still time to get a local or national anti-war speaker into your workplace or union branch.”