European Refugee Crisis

I am sure that seeing the images of a drowned three year old Syrian Kurdish boy washed up on a Turkish beach filled you with a deep sense of injustice and empathy for those who are simply trying to flee a war zone not of their making.

The refugee crisis across Europe is growing worse by the day as thousands flee war and chaos. Many have died in the most terrible circumstances, suffocating in lorries or drowning during dangerous crossings of the Mediterranean. They are, in the main, victims war – just as those fleeing the chaos of a war created by the Nazis in the 30’s and 40s were – and are looking to us as civilised people to give them shelter.

Wales is no stranger to giving shelter to refugees fleeing conflict whether from oversees or, as happened in WW2, from cities such as London. Unite the Union will not sit idly by, as Cameron would want, and turn our back upon men, women and children in extremis. First Minister Carwyn Jones has taken a principled stance on this also which we applaud.

Unite Wales is therefore working with ‘Stand Up To Racism’ to help transport vital supplies to those refugees in desperate need. On 17th October 2015 SUTR will run a convoy from villages, towns and Cities across the UK to France to offer life- saving supplies to those in desperate need. Our F&GP committee have agreed an initial donation of £5000 to assist with the cost of this convoy.

We are asking our members to take a little time to see if they have any of the following gathering dust which could be donated:

  • Men’s shoes or trainers or walking boots, sizes 6 to 11.
  • Children’s shoes or trainers sizes 4-6.
  • Men’s clothes – sweatshirts, jackets, trousers, socks etc.
  • Sleeping -bags, tents, bedrolls, groundsheets, backpacks etc.
  • Candles or camping lights.
  • Bikes.

All donations may be dropped off at any of our six district offices, Cardiff, Pontypool, Swansea, Milford Haven, Bangor or Flint by 10th October 2015 and we will ensure that they are transported to a refugee camp in Europe.

Any financial donations towards this work may be made at any of our offices with cheques made payable to Unite the Union and marked ‘Refugee Crisis’ on the back.

This appeal is being coordinated by REWO Mel Whitter and BAEM Wales Committee Chair Steve Wakefield at Regional Office Cardiff 02920 394 521.

I know that as Trade Unionists you will wish to support this appeal and thank you in anticipation of your kind support.