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Wednesday, 23 March 2011

New branch banner for 26 March - send us yours

UNISON South West London St Georges Mental Health Trust branch will unveil their new branch banner at the TUC Demonstration in London on 26 March. The banner was created by famous London trade union banner maker Ed Hall and designed by UNISON's Michalel Walker. The colours are UNISON's purple, green and white which in turn are based on the WSPU suffragette colours. (chosen in 1908 by Emmeline Pethick Lawrence).

Nursing staff and Asylum attendants in period uniforms of 1910, hold up the banner and is taken from a graphic used on the front of the National Asylum Workers Union journal in its earliest years. The logo's and slogan "All For One and One For All" at the bottom of the banner are from the original National Asylum Workers Union est 1910.

In the centre of the banner is the main building at Springfield hospital built in 1840. Surrey County Lunatic Asylum (later known as Wandsworth Asylum) opened on 14th June 1841, catering for 350 bed. Note the red flag flying from its rooftop.

At the bottom of the banner, left side - the cat represents Syndicalism and at the bottom right side a Rat (the bosses - as used on the Friern Barnet banner).

Why not send UNISONActive a photo of your UNISON banner with a brief summary of its history to uact1@hotmail.co.uk ?