Report from the Rally at the Barton Moss Protection Camp

Welcome to the Desolate North - Now Frack Off!
 
 
 
There was a great turn-out for a lively solidarity rally and march at the anti-fracking camp in Barton Moss near Salford on 8th December. The rally was organised by the Campaign against Climate Change Trade Union Group and attracted support from anti-fracking groups from across the North West.
 
Around 250 people marched behind a Samba band to the IGas drilling site and rattled the gates so vigorously that the company had to reinforce them with a JCB. There were banners from Salford University and College Union, Salford UNISON, Salford and Manchester Trades Councils and the GM Public Transport Unison branch. Speakers included the Vice-President of the Bakers Union, representatives of local Labour Party and the Greens, and the Chair of London Region RMT, which has recently passed an anti-fracking motion. The rally preceding the march had one minute's silence for Nelson Mandela and ended by singing "Free Nelson Mandela!". 
 
Martin Empson's speech on behalf of the Trade Union Group:

IGas have said they are planning between 10 and 15 drilling sites between Manchester and Liverpool so we have to ensure ongoing support for the protest camp. This is situated alongside the City Heliport, at the junction of Barton Moss Road and Liverpool Road, Barton, Eccles, M30 7RL. By public transport take the 67 bus from the Shudehill bus station, Manchester, a short walk from Manchester Piccadilly station. 

Report from Ken Montague, CCC Trade Union Group