A festival of radical and political arts was held on Saturday 4th November at the University of Exeter. This event was organised by Chris Jury of the General Federation of Trade Unions (GFTU), an organisation to which Unite is affiliated. A full day of events was scheduled which included talks, drama, music and dance, all with a common theme of liberation and political struggle.
The University Of Exeter Branch Of Unite the Union were kindly offered the chance to have a stand at the event at which there was a great deal of interest and networking. We were able to raise our profile and make contact with politically motivated students as well as representatives from the SW Trades Council and Unite Community branches in the SW. It is hoped that this spirit of cross union co-operation and common cause with the student body may be furthered by the formation of a Unite Community Group in Exeter in the not too distant future. Watch this space.
The cultural highlight for me was an entertaining and musical history of Jamaican Ska presented by Dave Chapple (SW Trades Council).
John Davey (Branch Chair)