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Hull unions launch Unity Shop
Hull Trades Union Council launched its Unity Shop food bank initiative on 26 September. The trades council coordinates the unions in Hull.
Faced with poverty unseen for a generation, the trades council felt that it had to show solidarity to families struggling to put food on the table.
Millions of workers nationally, and thousands in our area, through no fault of their own, are facing a bleak future. The capitalist system has failed them.
Unity Shop provides solidarity, not charity, to those workers with food and other needs. Linked to this is a call to arms to fight to change the system that creates poverty in the first place.
The socially distanced launch was more low key than we had hoped, due to the restrictions of Covid. However, speeches from trades council officers - including Ken McCall and blacklisted activist Tony Smith, who have done most of the organising - were streamed and watched over 7,000 times. The highlight of the evening was Joe Solo's passionate singing and support.
Even before the formal launch, struggling families contacted Unity Shop for support. One mother had even blown up the launch picture in the Hull Daily Mail, to be able to read the telephone number of the shop.
Mick Whale, Hull Trades Union Council chair
Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777
Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206
Regional Socialist Party organisers:
Eastern: 079 8202 1969
East Mids: 077 3797 8057
London: 075 4018 9052
North East: 078 4114 4890
North West 079 5437 6096
South West: 077 5979 6478
Southern: 078 3368 1910
Wales: 079 3539 1947
West Mids: 024 7655 5620
Yorkshire: 077 0671 0041