Unison starts nationwide anti-BNP comms drive

Unison has launched a campaign offensive against the British National Party (BNP) in the run-up to European, local and London Assembly elections.

The campaign, launched by general secretary Dave Prentis, who addressed the union’s national black members’ conference in Cardiff last week, will capitalise on its position as the biggest public sector union.

‘We have a responsibility to look after public services,’ a spokeswoman told PRWeek. ‘If the BNP is working in local councils, it is not good for racial harmony, the council, or the community.’

The 1.3 million-member union has sent members, elected branch reps and senior regional officials to visit community groups to listen to their concerns and discourage them from adopting a ‘them and us’ mentality.

The campaign is concentrating on Yorkshire, the West Midlands, London and the South West. The BNP has 17 council seats, mostly in the North West. Prentis will also write to all union members warning them against voting for the BNP.

The union’s magazine Colour will feature articles on why the BNP is a threat to democracy, public services and tolerance. ‘We cannot sit back and watch the spectacle of the BNP cynically claiming to be the party of the public services,’ Prentis said.

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