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Campaigners stage Marks and Spencer trolley protest over lack of Welsh health and safety signage

13th December 2010 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Nicole Stevens.

Members of a pressure group abandoned shopping trolleys full of products in a Marks and Spencer store this weekend as part of a protest over its lack of health and safety signage using the Welsh language.

Representatives from Cymdeithas yr Iaith (the Welsh Language Society) dumped the trolleys in Marks and Spencer's Trostre, Llanelli store, leaving posters on them that read: "I intended to purchase these products today but as the company shows such lack of respect for the Welsh language I've changed my mind," the Western Mail reported.

A similar demonstration was staged back in 1995.

Protestor Hazel Evans told the newspaper that many people had requested to speak to the store's manager about the issue and sent letters to the retailer without receiving a response.

"So on Saturday, we were forced to protest again"” she explained.

Ceri Phillips, chair of Cymdeithas yr Iaith's language rights group, told the newspaper: "This is a clear example of the need for a new Welsh language legislation that will include the private sector, especially the shops on the high street."

A spokesperson for Marks and Spencer said that while the store did use some bilingual signs, not all were and the company could not promise to make all signage bilingual.

Established in 1962, Cymdeithas yr Iaith has successfully achieved many successes for the use of the Welsh language, including bilingual road signs and the creation of S4C, the Welsh language television channel.ADNFCR-2754-ID-800286672-ADNFCR


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