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Unite: Billingsgate Fish Porters say `Save the Market`

Fish Porters at Billingsgate Market will today (Tuesday 3rd August) launch their campaign to save the historical market in London's East End.

The Market whose history can be traced back to 1327 is now under threat because the City of London Corporation which owns the market has announced plans to change the way the market is run.

There will be a photo opportunity today to demonstrate opposition to their plans:

DATE: Tuesday 3rd August

TIME: 8am

LOCATION: Billingsgate Fish Market, Trafalgar Way, London, E14 5ST
The fish porters have the support of London local celebrities and politicians including: Ken Livingstone, former Mayor of London and John Biggs, London Assembly member.

The highly trained and licensed porters at the market who ensure the smooth running of the successful market have a strong local connection with the community. The proposals of the management of the market directly attacks the workers at the market.

Jennie Formby, Unite national officer said: "The proposals by the City of London Corporation will destroy this important London market. The changes will damage how the market functions and wreck an important part of London's heritage. The local community and London as a whole must now fight alongside these workers to ensure we can save Billingsgate Market.

"The experienced and important fish porters at Billingsgate Fish Market transport 25,000 tonnes of fish every year and make a vital contribution to a market which generates around £200 million in revenue. If the Corporation get their way the Fish Porters will become unlicensed and the professionalism of the market will be lost."

Ken Livingstone, former Mayor of London said: "The fish porters at Billingsgate are the heart of the market, they make it the vibrant and efficient business it is. The City of London Corporation must reconsider their plans which I believe will damage this important market.
"I support the fish porters in their campaign to retain the market and its heritage. The City of London Corporation and the London Fish Merchants Association need to think again and reverse their proposal for the market."

- Ends -

For more information please contact Saba Mozakka, Unite press office on: 07768 693 953.

- Notes of Editors -

The fish porters will demonstrate outside Billingsgate Fish Market on: Tuesday 3rd August.

TIME: 8am

LOCATION: Billingsgate Fish Market, Trafalgar Way, London, E14 5ST

Information on the campaign can be found at: www.unitetheunion.org.

The 140 porters will leaflet customers of the market and carry placards in their campaign to oppose the changes to the market. They will be joined by: Ken Livingstone, former Mayor of London, John Biggs, London Assembly member and members of the local community.

Saba Mozakka
Communications Officer
Unite
35 King Street
London
WC2E 8JG
Telephone: 020 7420 8916
Fax: 020 7420 8998
Mobile: 07768 693 953

The 140 porters will leaflet customers of the market and carry placards in their campaign to oppose the changes to the market.
They will be joined by: Ken Livingstone, former Mayor of London, John Biggs, London Assembly member and members of the local community.

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