Oxfordshire UNISON Health branch is backing a major initiative to respond to the worst refugee crisis in Europe since the end of World War II. Millions are fleeing war and persecution, and are displaced, destitute and homeless in Turkey, Jordan, Lebannon and camps in Europe. Thousands of refugees, including hundreds of unaccompanied children, are trapped in camps in France; most in the port of Calais.
Several Trade Unions, War on Want, The People's Assembly, The Stop the War Coalition, Stand up to Racism and Muslim Association of Britain are organising a convoy to deliver aid to camps in the Calais area on June 18th 2016. As well as delivering aid the Convoy to Calais will be a call to the UK government to do more to support refugees, including taking in unaccompanied children.
Oxfordshire UNISON health branch has agreed to support an Oxford contingent to the national Convoy to Calais and has agreed funds to support members wishing to join the convoy and to provide aid, and support transport costs if needed to Calais.
If you would like to join the convoy as part of the UNISON and Oxford delegation please reply to this email as soon as possible so arrangements can be made for transport and ferry bookings. It is anticipated that the Oxford-Calais-Oxford journey will be a full day event, leaving around 7am and returning after midnight.
UNISON Health branch is also asking for members to collect donations of aid to go to Calais with the convoy. We are asking members to talk to work colleagues about organising drop of points in your workplace for donations and to talk to colleagues about donations. Please only donate or collect items from the priority list which can be downloaded here. If you are organising a collection in your workplace please let us know so we can advertise the collection point on the facebook event page (please share too) and make arrangements for all donations to get to the convoy.
There will be an organising meeting at 6.30pm Thursday 19th May in Oxford town hall for anyone wishing to go or build support for the Oxford delegation to the Convoy to Calais. Organising meeting facebook event