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Thursday, June 11, 2020
Solidarity from London UNISON to New York AFSCME
This letter was sent to our sisters and brothers in New York who are members of the public service union, AFSCME, from Greater London UNISON, signed by our elected lay Convenor, Yvonne Green and our Regional Secretary, Maggi Ferncombe (with support of all Regional Council Officers).
Executive Director, District Council 37
125 Barclay Street
8th June 2020
RE - Solidarity Message from
UNISON Greater London
We wanted to write to you on
behalf of all UNISON members in London to pass on our solidarity to you and
your members in AFSCME DC 37 during these difficult times. We too are the
largest union in our city and as the public services union, have borne the brunt
of dealing with Covid 19. The heroic efforts of your members in either battling
Covid 19 on the frontline or ensuring the necessary infrastructure of New York
continues running for its residents is remarkable.
Like us, you will have lost too
many members to this wretched virus and we ask that you please accept our
condolences on behalf of their friends, union comrades and of course their
Like you, we are still
struggling to deal, day to day, with the virus under a government either too inept,
too ignorant or simply incapable of recognising the daily struggle our members
and city residents face. All while restrictions are being lifted too soon and
like you we live in the very real fear of a second wave and the pressure this
would put on already overburdened and historically underfunded public
Please know that if there is
any support we can provide, even if it is just friendship and solidarity, you
only have to ask.
Similarly, we stand shoulder to
shoulder with you on challenging systemic racism ingrained in our societies. We
have been inspired by the level of activism that your city has shown and we too
will encourage our members to get involved in the movement to eradicate
We believe that now is the time
for long due change and whilst we, in our respective unions, have been fighting
against racism, discrimination and racist values for some time, it now feels
that, finally, society is ready to listen. The next few months will be
difficult and painful however we believe there is finally hope.
We look forward to a time when
we can correspond in better circumstances