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PRESS RELEASE: Bristol UNISON Branch supports local Zero Tolerance campaign

PRESS RELEASE: Bristol UNISON Branch supports local Zero Tolerance campaign

The Bristol Branch of UNISON has today announced that they are donating £2,000 to the Bristol Zero Tolerance Summer Appeal.

The Branch Secretary, Jane Carter, said that:

The Bristol Zero Tolerance initiative is something our branch has supported for a long time and when we heard that their funding had been cut we were really concerned that the good work they had done wouldn’t be able to continue. The initiative has been really effective in ensuring that gender-based harassment is taken seriously and treated as a hate crime and the overall aim is to ensure that Bristol is a safer place for women to live and work in.

Our branch membership is made up of 70% women which means we have over three thousand women in our organisation working across hundreds of different employers and so this has to be high up on our list of priorities.

We are keen to ensure that the summer appeal reaches and even goes beyond its target and therefore we would encourage others to donate as well and the website gives lots of useful information about how donations can help.

It’s a crying shame that Local Government finances have been cut to the bone in recent years and that this has an impact on such important initiatives. We will continue to work with UNISON nationally to reverse the austerity that the government has imposed on local councils.

In the meantime, we’re doing our bit and hope you can do your bit too.”

You can make a donation here: https://chuffed.org/project/bristolzerotolerance

ENDS

 

Notes to editors:

– UNISON is the UK’s largest union, with more than 1.3 million members providing public services – in education, local government, the NHS, police service and energy. They are employed in both the public and private sectors.

Bristol UNISON is a local Branch of UNISON that has 4500 members in employers ranging from Local Government, community and voluntary sector, charities, Care and Support staff in schools.

The Bristol Zero Tolerance Initiative is run  by Bristol Women’s Voice – more information about the Appeal at http://www.bristolzerotolerance.com/home/urgent-summer-appeal-bristol-zero-tolerance/

Donations can be made: https://chuffed.org/project/bristolzerotolerance

Contact Jane Carter, Branch Secretary: bristol.unison@bristolunison.co.uk 0117 353 3956

PHOTO CREDIT: Bristol Unison

Photo features Members of the Bristol UNISON Branch Committee with Charlotte Gage from Bristol Zero Tolerance Campaign

 

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