On Saturday I attended a conference on 'Changing unemployment in Greater Manchester' supported by GMATUC, Salford, Manchester , and Rochdale Trade Union Councils and union branches. There was a long list of speakers and facilitators according to the blurb on the promotional leaflet. The cast included Alec McFadden President Greater Manchester OFFA, Ron Marsden , Volunteer Salford Unemployed Centre, Alex Halligan Unite the Union and Stephen Hall President Greater Manchester TUC.
Unfortunately the unemployed were manifestly uninterested. The main hall at the Friends Meeting House was virtually empty for the morning plenary. One workshop for youth and students had no takers. The other 2 were poorly attended. The conference was a resounding flop although the buffet lunch was excellent.