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This Unison pennant was carried on "Pensions Day of Action," 30/11/11. It was discarded after the public sector workers' "Pensions Day of Action" march against the Coalition Government's policies. This is believed to have been the largest coordinated unions' joint protest since the 1926 General Strike and Unison is the largest union to have taken part in it - images from the day from around the UK: http://www.flickr.com/photos/unisonpix/sets/72157628232667507
Here are the same pennants amongst their purple white and green triband flags in Belfast: http://www.flickr.com/photos/unisonpix/6436227625/in/set-72157628232667507
The same colours the other way up in Cambridge: http://www.flickr.com/photos/unisonpix/6436722493/in/set-72157628232667507 - so perhaps they are having difficulty in coordinating their corporate image, as in Bristol: http://www.flickr.com/photos/unisonpix/6436649675/in/set-72157628232667507.
In Scotland vertical green and white bicolours were being used with purple
lettering for slogans on the white -
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-15960381 - a slide show including
photo of the GMB flags carried that were horizontal red and black bicolours
The unions involved, as listed on http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-13932304, were The Association of Educational Psychologists, Aspect, Association of Teachers and Lecturers, the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, the Educational Institute of Scotland, the First Division Association, GMB, National Association of Head Teachers, Napo (family court and probation staff), the teachers' union NASUWT, Northern Ireland Public Service Association, National Union of Teachers, Public and Commercial Services Union, Prospect, the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists, the Scottish Secondary Teachers' Association, the Society of Radiographers, UCAC (one of the Welsh teachers' unions), Union of Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians, University and College Union, Unison and Unite ... an estimated 2,000,000+ people took part, so there should be quite a few flags to spot ... but I discover on examination that visual awareness is lacking in organising these demonstrations ... out of practice in calling strikes I guess ... they are going to get some though in the next few years, so let us hope that we get to see some more interesting flags and banners.
David B. Lawrence, 4 December 2011