UNISON Northern Ireland

UNISON response to Manchester Arena atrocity

Responding to the terror attack at Manchester Arena, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said:

“This was a despicable act designed to cause maximum pain and suffering. It’s barbaric beyond words that this happened at a concert attended by so many children and young people.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected including the wounded, those searching for loved ones, and those grieving a terrible loss.

“We also pay tribute to those public servants involved – their response was incredible. Many worked through the night to save lives or rushed into work to help when news broke of the attack. And they will continue to put Manchester back together in the days and weeks ahead.

“Strangers providing young people with a place to stay, taxi drivers taking people to safety and long queues at blood banks this morning tell a simple but important story – that hatred will never triumph.”


UNISON Northern Ireland has also sent a message of sympathy and solidarity from our members to the UNISON membership in our North West region.



Congress Extends Sympathies in Aftermath of Manchester Attack

The Irish Congress of Trade Unions has extended sympathies and condolences to all those injured and to the families of those killed, in the attack at the Manchester Arena.

Congress General Secretary Patricia King said: “On behalf of working people and the trade union movement across Ireland, can I offer deepest sympathies to all who were injured or affected in any way by this terrible act and also extend our sympathies to the families of those who have lost loved ones.

“Such hatred and contempt for young innocent life has no place in any civilised society, in any part of the world.”