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Defend these Liverpool Unison activists

Issue No. 1948

Over 60 people attended a meeting last week in support of five Liverpool social workers who were suspended following strike action which ended in January.

The five, members of the Unison union, were targeted by the Liberal Democrat controlled council after their four month long strike.

Earlier this year they won support from Labour MPs Bob Waring and Angela Eagle, as well as trade union activists in Liverpool and around Britain.

The meeting was addressed by Professor Chris Jones from Liverpool University’s department of social policy and sociology, Babs Hennessey representing Liverpool Unison and Karen Reissmann from Manchester Community and Mental Health Trust Unison.

Chris Jones received a warm reception when he spoke about the essential role that social workers play in supporting those in need.

He stressed how important the Liverpool dispute had been in defending social work nationally and offered to use his position to publicise the case.

The meeting agreed to produce a new statement in defence of the suspended social workers and to circulate it among trade unionists and other prominent figures.

Send messages of support to Unison Liverpool City Branch, the Cotton Exchange Building, Bixteth Street, Liverpool L3 9JR. E-mail liverpoolunison@btconnect.com

The Unison United Left campaign is standing a number of candidates in the Unison national executive elections. For full candidate details go to www.uul.ukshells.co.uk


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Sat 23 Apr 2005, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1948
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