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SALFORD UNISON BACKS CALL TO HALT FRACKING IN FYLDE
 

Star date: 14th July 2017

BIG DEMO AT FYLDE ANTI FRACKING CAMP AS TRADE UNIONS BACK PROTESTS

Today, to coincide with a big protest outside the Preston New Road site in Fylde where Cuadrilla is intent on fracking, North West trade unions and trade unionists, including the Salford City UNISON branch secretary, have backed a call to halt the practice.

"We stand in solidarity with the community...who are defending their environment and local democracy" they state "We stand firm that fracking should not be forced on our local communities."

Full details here...


Today there's due to be a mass protest outside the gates of the controversial site in Fylde where Cuadrilla is intent on beginning fracking, despite opposition from the local community and councils.

"Against the wishes of local communities, the Conservative Government has forced through fracking applications across England in an attempt to create a new 'dash for gas'" state Reclaim The Power and Fossil Free UK which are organising the protest

"At the same time as offering sweeteners to the fracking industry, the Tories have also removed support for renewable energy" they add "The UK could be creating over one million climate jobs in clean energy, insulation and sustainable transport if we took money out of the bad and into the good."

The protest has the theme of Climate Jobs, Renewables and Divest/Invest and all day there are due to be speeches, workshops and kids entertainment in what is a family friendly event. Coaches have gone to Fylde from Salford and Manchester.

To coincide with the demo, North West trade unions have issued a statement against fracking, in solidarity with Preston New Road communities...

"Fracking is a bad deal for Lancashire. It poses risks to local people and workers, will worsen climate change, and will not bring the clean jobs and investment that we need. 

"We are calling for a million new climate jobs across the UK, including investment in the vast renewable energy potential of the North West. This investment would create tens of thousands of new jobs, while reducing the devastating effects of climate change.

"We call for a halt to all fracking - in line with Wales, Scotland, the Republic of Ireland, the Netherlands, France, New York State and many other places around the world, which concluded that the risks are too great.

"As trade unionists representing tens of thousands of workers in the public and private sectors across the North West, we stand in solidarity with the community near Preston New Road in Lancashire who are defending their environment and local democracy. We stand firm that fracking should not be forced on our local communities."

The statement is signed by Paula Barker, Regional Convenor, UNISON NW; Ian Hodson, President of BFAWU (Bakers, Food & Allied Workers Union); Clara Paillard, President of PCS Culture Group (Public & Commercial Services); Zita Holbourne, PCS National Vice President; Manuel Cortez, General Secretary of TSSA; Michael McKrell, Chair, UCLAN UCU; Mohammad Taj, Unite, former TUC President; Chris Baugh, PCS Assistant General Secretary; Janice Godrich, President of PCS Union; Martin Meyer, Unite the Union National Executive Committee & Secretary of Sheffield TUC; Peter Billington, Secretary, Lancashire Association of Trades Union Councils; Dave Savage, Secretary, Preston & South Ribble TUC; Peter Thorne, Secretary, North East Lancashire TUC; Suzanne Jeffrey, UCU, Campaign Against Climate Change; Jonathan Neale, UCU & Campaign Against Climate Change TU group; Graham Petersen, UCU & Greener Jobs Alliance; Steven North, Secretary of Salford City UNISON; Stephen Hall, President of the Greater Manchester Association of Trades Union Councils; Philip Pearson, Unite the Union & Greener Jobs Alliance; Jenny Patient, Unite &the Union & Sheffield Climate Alliance; Steve Murphy, Unite the Union, Knowsley Trade Union Council Secretary.


* See also previous Salford Star article:

United Nations Slams Greater Manchester Police Actions at Barton Moss Anti-Fracking Protests - click here


Photo by Steven Speed


white wrote
at 8:47:06 AM on Friday, July 14, 2017
I’m sure that there is, at present, evidence for and against fracking. I await incontrovertible evidence one way or the other before making my mind up. However, to me, that is not the issue. What is of major importance is that the decision of a democratically elected council has been overridden by a government minister. I was under the impression that it was policy to devolve decision making to the regions; apparently not.
 
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