‘You know it’s serious when librarians start marching’

Robin Hood was alive and well and on the recruitment trail at Nottingham City Hospital today.

Or maybe it was UNISON fighting fund organiser Sylvia McCluskey, taking part in UNISON’s recruitment campaign to let non-members know about the essential cover the union provides.

UNISON organisers were also blazing a trail across Yorkshire and Humberside, from Bassetlaw to Barnsley and from Hull to Huddersfield. Crossing Calderdale, from Halifax to Hipperholme to Hebden Bridge, and stopping off at Todmorden library where librarian Sarah Browning remarked: “You know it’s serious when librarians start marching.”

In Bassetlaw, branch secretary Yvonne Butcher signed up new members galore. While staff at the Tame Street Depot in Stalybridge were greeted by UNISON’s branch secretary Paul Taylor, who spoke to non-members about the importance of joining UNISON in light of the threat of future job cuts at Tameside council.

Activists also got active at Islington’s Aquaterra sports centres in search of new members. There were stalls in East Ayrshire, Barnstaple hospital, Watford West Herts health, University Hospital of North Staffordshire in Stoke on Trent, Oxford county council and Coaver Club county hall.

And those weren’t all. More stall sprung up at Doncaster Royal Infirmary, Devon county hall, Moorfields hospital, Monklands hospital Lanarkshire and recruiters at Bournemouth Learning Centre found themselves next to a Comic Relief cake sale.

At Heartlands Hospital in Birmingham, 11 new members had joined by lunchtime: six new members joined at Plymouth council and UNISON at NPower Hull welcomed new members Jenna, Sarah and Anna Marie.