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Date: 17 June 2005

UK's largest union delivers big message to back July 2nd Demo

UNISON, the UK's largest union, today previewed a huge banner which will be attached to Glasgow's famous Finnieston Crane for the duration of the UNISON's UK conference in Glasgow next week, and for the following week in the run up to the Make Poverty History March and Rally in Edinburgh on Saturday July 2.

The banner, which is 24m x 12.3m, displays the UNISON and Make Poverty History logos and the message 'Join us on July 2 2005 in Edinburgh' and is part of the union's contribution to the Make Poverty History campaign.

Dave Prentis UNISON's General Secretary said "Trade unions are about solidarity, social justice and fair treatment. That is why UNISON will be marching on July 2 to Make Poverty History. Along with our colleagues in other unions, the TUC and the STUC we have always campaigned hard for international justice"

UNISON is a founding member of the Make Poverty History coalition. They will be sending a large delegation to Edinburgh from all over the UK, to join the march and to run a stall on the Meadows. They will also assist with stewarding the march. The union is promoting the march to all its 2,000 plus delegates at its UK conference in Glasgow.

There will be a photocall under the banner on the crane with Dave Prentis, UNISON's General Secretary and a number of international guests from southern Africa and elsewhere during the UNISON conference. Details will be confirmed later. Please contact Mary Maguire, nos below.


FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT: Matt Smith, Scottish Secretary Mobile Tel: 07771 548997 Mary Maguire, Head of Press and Broadcasting Mobile Tel: 07771 548957 Nick Sigler, Head of International Relations Mobile tel: 07958 939568