Making the difference
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Sunday, 29 March 2009, 22:27
It's now Sunday evening and I've managed to switch off from work for most of the day. Yesterday I addressed the AGM of the North West TUC in Manchester Town Hall. I must say that the building is one of my favourite Town Halls but obviously there were more important issues to discuss and debate.
I spoke about the threat we are facing, the potential of the union movement to make a decisive difference to the outcome, and finally what we, as HOPE not hate are doing. I was shocked but also delighted to hear that 35% of workers in the North West are members of a union - the greatest density anywhere in the country. That equates to 900,000 union members in the region. Double that if you include other adults in the household, that's 1.8m people. That's almost 40% of the electorate. In 1999, when there were European Elections but no local elections, turnout in the North West was just 19.5%.
My simple message to unions was this. If we can increase the turnout of union members so the turnout amongst them is disproportionally higher than the electorate overall then union votes will be worth more. If unions can engage with their members and convince them of the need to vote and vote for anyone other than the BNP then we can win. It's that simple...
We have just ten weeks left until polling day and there is a huge amount of work to do. It's time for all of us, local anti-BNP groups, unions and the political parties to step up and meet the challenge.
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