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Unions back camp against fracking

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Issue 2383
Anti-fracking protesters at Barton Moss in Eccles

Anti-fracking protesters at Barton Moss in Eccles (Pic: Martin Empson)


Around 250 protesters turned out to support those camping at Barton Moss in Salford against exploratory drilling for shale gas. 

Trade unions backed the anti-fracking demonstration with banners from the UCU, Unison, and Salford and Manchester Trades Councils. 

A speaker from the bakers’ Bfawu union joined the protest, along with a samba band from the PCS union.

The fracking site is close to housing. Residents are worried about the impact it could have on their environment.

Mike Kelly told Socialist Worker that he was protesting for his children and grandchildren.

The camp is set to continue. And there are regular blockades of lorries delivering equipment to the site.

Martin Empson

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