United we stand

As our own parliament and the peoples of many nations debate matters of state and citizenship in Syria and seek to find ways to bring about peace and true democracy, we must seek to ensure that our own citizens have a voice, too.

We recently launched a Unite Community Group in Ilfracombe, at which many people had the opportunity to air and share their concerns.

We will build on this in the months ahead so that local citizens can work together to challenge injustice and support each other in times of austerity.

One of our key actions will be to ensure that people are registered to vote in local and general elections.

Workers had to fight long and hard for the right to vote – we must not forget their historic struggles.

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When so many local people live in shorthold tenancies, and often move frequently, they often fail to register or to notify their changed circumstances to the local authority.

Turnout in local elections in particular is worryingly low. Make sure that you are on the electoral register and that your details are correct.

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You can register online at www.aboutmyvote.co.uk.

In Ilfracombe, assistance is also available at the ‘Transform 4 Work’ community support drop-in centre at The Candar (opposite the library) on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Unite Ilfracombe will be working with Ilfracombe and District Trades Union Council members to get the best possible turnout in the future.

Wendy Butler and Mike Creek


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