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Porters take on the top cats to save fish market

PUBLISHED: 07:00 09 September 2010 | UPDATED: 16:11 10 September 2010

Porters at Billingsgate Market will meet with the City of London market committee today in their fight to save the historic fish - trading venue.

The committee, whose membership consists of senior officials of the City of London Corporation, will travel to the market to discuss its future.

They will decide on whether to continue with the plan to revoke the bylaws which will alter the running of the market.

In August, members of the Unite union among the fish porters launched a campaign against the plans by the Corporation to change the way the market is run.

Unite national officer Jennie Formby said: “Billingsgate fish porters are fighting to protect the future of the market.

“Today they are making clear to the City of London market committee that they will jeopardise this historic market if they go ahead with the proposals.

“The Unite campaign to save the market has gained the support of much of the local community as well as the customers and merchants of Billingsgate. The markets committee who are meeting today must now hear the concerns of those who care deeply about the market.”

Information on the Unite campaign for the future of Billingsgate Market can be found at www.unitetheunion.org/billingsgate.

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