Protests continue this weekend against Liverpool City Council’s decision to allow a weapons fair to take place at its wholly-owner ACC conference centre, after the Council failed to respond to a letter sent by lawyers on behalf of a resident pointing out its legal power and responsibility to act.
Now the executive of giant union Unite has thrown its weight behind the protests, which it says it ‘fully supports’.
In a statement released today, Unite said that while it investigated the possibility of cancelling its conference at the venue but was unable to do so as it had been paid for in full 18 months ago under a contract with heavy cancellation penalties, it would make no further bookings without ‘prior consultation’ with the people of Liverpool.
The union noted that some of its members work in the defence industry and they have its backing, but that the UK government is responsible for the misuse and abuse of UK-made weapons by other states.
Protests against the event have featured representatives of Palestinian and Yemeni communities who have suffered under British-made and sold weapons in the hands of the Israeli and Saudi governments.
A further protest takes place at 12.30pm on Saturday, starting from Liverpool Town Hall on Dale Street.
Unite’s statement may not please it’s new general secretary, who has said she wants to keep the union out of politics and focus only on the workplace.
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