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Co-operative Bank announces support of trade justice

08 April 2005
The Co-operative Bank has announced its support of trade justice, opening its branches to a public vote in aid of Global Week of Action for Trade Justice.

During the special week, running from April 10th to 16th, the bank is aiming to collect thousands of votes to reflect the strength of public support for this issue.

Singer Ronan Keating was one of the first to cast his vote, joining a host of other celebrities supporting the Global Week around the world in 70 countries - with more than ten million people expected to take part.

"Poor countries lose about $2 billion a day because of unjust trade rules - that's 14 times the amount they receive in aid," explained Kate Daley, campaigns manager at The Co-operative Bank.

"If you think that this is unfair and would like to help to change it, then just visit your local Co-operative Bank and join thousands of others in the vote for Trade Justice today."

Trade justice is one of the 'big three' critical issues about countries living in poverty, along with debt and aid. This is an important year for them as the government comes under increasing pressure to change its policies on these issues.

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