Wednesday, January 09, 2013

TUC Demo 20th October 2012 - UNISON Branch Banners

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Michael Walker UNISON Officer

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Flying the Red Flag

"Insult" to Duke of York.
Red Flag on Asylum Building
January 1927 National Asylum Workers Union Journal
Gateshead Town Council on January 5th 1927 refused to allow the Communist Party to hold meetings in the Town Hall. During the proceedings there was a stormy scene arising out of an incident at the Corporation's mental asylum at Stannington, where, it was alleged, a "red flag" was flown while the Duke of York was at the neighbouring hostel of the Newcastle Poor Children's Holiday Association.
Councillor White said the statement was not true, and refused to sit down when ordered. After a good deal of uproar the Mayor explained that the red flag was exhibited from a window of a building on the asylum estate. When an employee was called before the committee he denied showing the flag and said it was flown by his daughter.
The Mayor said the committee did not believe the statement, and declared that the red flag was flown " to insult the Duke of York, the Lord Mayor of Newcastle, the Sheriff, and the Union Jack." He had never known such impudence.
It was agreed that the committee should further investigate the matter.
Red Flags were regular flown by protesters from Workhouses in the 1930’s as part of the national unemployed Workers Movement campaign
Red Flags were flown over hospitals in Glasgow on July 5th 1948 when the NHS came into being.
St Pancras Council Labour leader John Lawrence, fulfilled a Labour commitment to fly the red flag from the Town Hall on May Day, 1958. A policy attacked by the right wing national press. The St Pancras Chronicle commented, ’will long be remembered by the 140,000 residents of St Pancras as one of the most exciting days in the borough’s history. For the Leftists, the raising of the Red Flag over the Town Hall in Euston Road, NW1, was a proud achievement.

Many Labour Council's in the 1980s, such as Hammersmith, Islington, Manchester and Sheffield regularly flew the red flag
Red Flags flown over Monaghan and Letterkenny Hospital “Soviets” in Ireland
Famously the Red Army flew the Red Flag over the Richstag, when it was captured from the Nazi's at the end of WW2 in Europe.

Red Flag flies over Guilford for Charles and Diana Royal Wedding 1981


The red flags of became a potent relic following the execution of early trade unionist British sailors mutinied near the mouth of the River Thames in 1797 and hoisted a red flag on several ships.

Two red flags flown by marchers during the Merthyr Dic Penderyn (Richard Lewis) in August 1831 despite a public campaign to pardon him.

Rising of 1831 in South Wales were soaked in calf's blood.

Morpeth COHSE 1972

Picture of Morpeth Branches of COHSE the health care union. Ancillary Demonstration 13 December 1972 against the imposed Wage Freeze. The march was covered by the local media  and BBC TV.

The branch stated that this was the first march held in Morpeth since National Strike in 1931 (Think they are referring to General strike of 1926 ?)

No 1 Region Northern COHSE Region
Andy Vanbeck - Regional secretary
J. Grey - Asst Regional Secretary
Townsville House
274 Heaton Road

Tom Walton
Tom Walton (Bishop Auckland)  National Executive Committee Member for Northern Region (March 1948-1968) died 13th December 1972 at the age of 63. Officer at the Department of Social security he retired in 1968 having started employment in 1926 as a junior clerk in the Education Department at Bishop Auckland. In 1930 transferred to Juvenile Employment Bureau and progressed through the ranks until he retired