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Unison pennant flag (United Kingdom)

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[Flag of the United Kingdom] image by David Barry Lawrence, 4 December 2011


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About the Flag

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:

Here are the same pennants amongst their purple white and green triband flags in Belfast:

The same colours the other way up in Cambridge: - so perhaps they are having difficulty in coordinating their corporate image, as in Bristol:

In Scotland vertical green and white bicolours were being used with purple lettering for slogans on the white - - a slide show including photo of the GMB flags carried that were horizontal red and black bicolours divided 2:1.

The unions involved, as listed on, 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

Another photo of their purple-white-green triband, charged with the union logo, can be found here: It was taken in London, on 2011-03-27.
Tomislav Todorovic, 26 May 2013

A variant of the flag has the same pattern as the already reported pennant, but is a horizontal white flag, as seen here: (source:

There's yet another variant, which is a red horizontal flag, with a light blue stripe all around the corners, and the logo on the middle follows the same pattern as the pennant (, but in this variant, the three lines are also light blue and the letters are white, as seen here: (source:

For additional information go to UNISON (official website):
Esteban Rivera, 14 November 2017