Unite, Britain’s largest union, representing over 180,000 workers across London called on people to offer the hand of friendship across all communities in the capital to ensure that hate and division does not prosper following the barbaric events of Saturday night.
As Londoners continue their daily routines, the union which represents workers across the London economy including hospitality workers, NHS staff, civilian police workers, bus drivers and cabbies, praised the countless acts of bravery and selflessness which have emerged since Saturday’s events.
Unite regional secretary for London Peter Kavanagh said: “As Londoners return to their daily routines after the barbaric and cowardly events of Saturday night, we must draw inspiration and strength from the countless acts of selflessness and bravery of that night.
“We owe a great debt of thanks to the emergency services who reacted so swiftly and our NHS workers who continue to care for the injured. They along with the capital’s transport workers and bus drivers who offered reassurance along with the cabbies, who ferried people home for free, are the best of London.
“London is a world city, embracing different nationalities and people from all backgrounds. It is what makes London stronger and makes it the outward looking tolerant city we know and love. No more so is this reflected in the people who care for us when we are sick, who help us get to work by public transport or keep us safe as we go about our daily lives.
“They are part of the glue that binds this great city together. In the days ahead we urge people to remember that together we are one London and to offer the hand of friendship across all communities to ensure that hate and division does not prosper.”
For further information please contact Unite head of media and campaigns Alex Flynn on 020 3371 2066 or 07967 665869.
Notes to editors
Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.