Press Release from UNISON
UNISON BACKS NO MORE PAGE THREE CAMPAIGN
UNISON, the UK’s largest union, today launched its support for the No More Page Three campaign with a flashmob invasion of its annual conference taking place in Liverpool.
The union’s 1.3 million public sector workers will now add their voice to the campaign to end this out of date objectification of women.
Dancers, dressed in campaign t-shirts, broke in through the back of the union’s annual conference, and surprised 2,000 delegates with a flashmob performance of the campaign’s dance. To the tune of YMCA, 30 dancers called on conference to support the No More Page Three campaign.
The union is highlighting how wrong Rupert Murdoch was to claim that working class people do not care about page three.
Dave Prentis, UNISON General Secretary, said:
“We’re proud to support this campaign to end an out of date objectification of women on behalf of the men and women who make up our union. Rupert Murdoch’s claim that working class people don’t care about page three is not only patronizing, it is wrong.
“Through unions, working class people have led the way in battling sexism and campaigning for equality. We’re going to show Rupert Murdoch exactly what we think.”
Lisa Clarke from No More Page Three who led the flashmob, said:
“We’re incredibly excited that UNISON are backing the No More Page 3 campaign and want to thank them for their amazing support. It is so important that people stand up and say “no” to the sexism that is rife in today’s media. We believe that the objectification of women and the reduction of 50% of the population to nothing but a pair of breasts has a detrimental affect on everyone.
“One of the places people are often exposed to these images is in the workplace, even though equality legislation outlaws similar content on posters or calendars at work. When this is in a national newspaper, it is far more difficult to object to or speak out about it and be taken seriously. People are now finally speaking out and it’s going to be very hard to ignore 1.3 million public sector workers isn’t it?”