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Members of UNISON Bexley branch ready to set off on the march

On Saturday 12 March 2018, members of UNISON Bexley branch came together under our new banner to march through central London in support of public services.

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Members of UNISON Bexley branch marching around Trafalgar Square

The march, organised by the Trades Union Congress, was well attended and the UNISON section of it was substantial, turning the streets purple and green!

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The back of our banner as we held it aloft on the march

The march was the first outing for our new branch banner. Our banner’s design pays tribute to two significant historical figures with local connections:

  • Socialist William Morris, who designed and lived in the Red House near Bexleyheath, is represented by the banner’s floral border.
  • Suffragette Ethel Smyth, who came from Sidcup and composed the suffragettes’ anthem The March Of The Women, is represented by a section of her piece, reproduced in UNISON colours – which were themselves chosen in honour of the suffragettes’ colours, to recognise the fact that a significant majority of UNISON’s members are women.
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Members of UNISON Bexley branch at the rally in Hyde Park at the end of the march

We marched to the end, despite miserable weather, and listened to many inspiring speeches from campaigners onstage at a rally in Hyde Park at the end of our march.

Thanks to all members who came along!

We hope to see even more under our banner on 30 June to support the NHS as it turns 70!