Our sister centre in Barnsley has been featured in an article in the Guardian praising the work Unite Community is doing to support former mining communities and wider in support of those suffering at the hands of this coalition government
Quoting Joe Rollin, the Unite Community Coordinater for the region, the article highlights the importance of what we are trying to achieve:
Blending practical support, on issues ranging from welfare cuts to housing, with often radical direct-action campaigns, the union has attracted 7,000 members spread across 70 local groups in the past 24 months.
“It is about reaching out to people who might not even know what a trade union is and making it relevant to them and the struggles they are facing in their own community,” said Joe Rollin, as Unite community volunteers offer advice and support to a steady stream of Barnsley’s unemployed going into Scargill’s old office.
“We are saying the union is not an exclusive club. If you find yourself out of work we can’t be saying ‘oh sorry we haven’t got a place for you any more’. It is about that duty to our members and crucially bridging the gap that this government is trying to create between people in work and the unemployed.”
Read the full article at: http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/aug/27/arthur-scargill-num-unite-trade-union-barnsley