Protestors “occupied” a Middlesbrough trade union building as part of a May Day protest against its underuse.
Members of the Teesside Anarchist Network held a peaceful protest at the Cleveland Trade Unionists and Unemployed Workers Centre, on Marton Road, Middlesbrough.
The network said the building has been neglected, the top floor is inaccessible and rain pours in through the roof. Protestors say the building is currently not used to its full potential, but they have so far failed to get a positive response from trustees.
A statement from the Teesside Anarchist Network said:
“This is a real tragedy and a far cry from what was envisaged by the local workers whose contributions paid for the centre.
“The centre could and should be brought back to life; think of the things that could be happening there. It could so easily be used to house facilities such as a clothing bank, advice centre, healthy eating project, creche, a bookshop.
“It should be open to all the groups in Middlesbrough who are struggling in the aftermath of the bankers’ crisis and austerity.”
The protest began at MIMA at 4pm, and made its way to the centre on Marton Road. A police van was later seen outside the premises during the occupation.
A statement on the Teesside Anarchist Network’s Facebook page tonight read:
“Trustees of Cleveland Trade Unionists and Unemployed Workers Resource Centre have agreed to our demand to meet with us within seven days to discuss renovation of the centre as a viable project.”
> Good for them !
Source – Middlesbrough Evening Gazette, 02 May 2015