From Watford to Renfrewshire – recruitment campaign launches

UNISON’s national recruitment campaign got off to a flying start across the country today.

Activists, and their penguin friends, braved the snow at Carluke community health centre to spread the recruitment message.

And the cold didn’t stop Patrick Taylor on the Join UNISON stand in Manchester, although he did plead: “Join UNISON: before I die of hypothermia.”

Stands were in place at Bassetlaw and Watford hospitals, Lambeth UNISON’s windows were plastered with posters and South Tyneside were able to report five new members before the morning was out.

In Oldham, local government workers leafleted colleagues and held stalls at council workplaces. Activists in Tameside have been outside the council’s main administrative centre this morning since 8am, leafleting over 700 staff.

In Sefton, stewards embarked on a mammoth exercise of updating noticeboards across council workplaces – they’re hoping to reach every single one with our new recruitment materials.

And in Liverpool the city mayor Joe Anderson voiced his support for the campaign: “I am a lifelong trade unionist, and I am proud to be a member of UNISON, which is making its voice heard against the government and the huge cuts David Cameron and Nick Clegg continue to target at Liverpool. UNISON knows where the blame lies, and we will continue to campaign against the government and their unfair policies.”

In the East Midlands, members from the regional women’s network met to take one message to the local media: “Join UNISON: we are needed more now than ever” (pictured).