Trade Union organisers from PCS (Public and Commercial Services), BFAWU (Bakers Union) and Unite joined the Bolton and Wigan ‘Diggers’ (1) at Preston New Road roadside fracking protest today (24 April) to show support for the communities fighting fracking in Lancashire. Over fifty people were at the site posing with banners supporting green energy and the campaign for one million climate jobs. (2)

On the same day the Bells Angels Cycle Club cycled along Preston New Road en masse to show the opposition to fracking from local cyclists. (3)

Stephen Hall from Greater Manchester Association of Trade Union Councils and a committee member for the Wigan Diggers said:

“We want to add our support to the fantastic work of Bolton Against Fracking, Frack Free Wigan, Leigh & Makerfield and the many other local and national campaign groups and individuals who are doing their utmost to resist and hopefully, ultimately stop the roll out of fracking in Britain and everywhere else. We are building solidarity with campaigners at Preston New Road.” (4)

Barbara Richardson from Frack Free Lancashire said:

“It is fantastic to have the support of trade unions and the Diggers movement in the North West in our campaign to keep Lancashire frack-free. The vast majority of trade unions are opposed to fracking and are calling for the creation of a million climate jobs, and with our fantastic renewable energy resources we believe Lancashire workers and businesses could be at the heart of this.”

Cuadrilla’s site in the Fylde has been hit by daily protests since work began in January, and residents have vowed to continue to protest at the site, with drilling expected in the next few months.


1. The Diggers movement was founded in the 17th century by Gerrard Winstanley, a Wigan born textile trader who believed the earth was a common treasury for all. The movement has been reborn in recent years, with an annual festival in Wigan to celebrate the Diggers movement and bring together social justice and environmental campaigns

2. One Million Climate Jobs is supported by PCS, TSSA, UCU and CWU Unions: The UK’s largest trade union, Unite, has an official position opposed to fracking, and members of the Lancashire branch spoke against fracking at the Preston New Road and Roseacre planning inquiries in 2016.



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