service to mark the start of the People's \larch for Jobs which left Liverpool on May 1 with the blessing and moral support via number of church leaders in the areas through which it passed. and the promise of help from churches along the route.
Before the marchers set off Archbishop Worlock had given the address at the Anglican church of St. Nicholas.
The offering of any sort of help by the Merseyside church leaders would be m is understood, said Archbishop Worlock, but "it was our firm desire, as well as our Christian duty. to stand with those men and women w ho were adopting a legitimate and positive means of calling attention to a level of unemployment in many parts of the country which the nation as a whole should recognise as unacceptable."
The march for jobs was "almost a pilgrimage in the rightness of as objectives" he said.
A statement issued by Greater Manchester church leaders, inclading Bishop Thomas Holland of Salford. said "We warmly welcome all peaceful means of showing deep concern for those suffering from lack of jobs, especially among our young. people".
The march of new technologies meant no promise of a return to full employment, but new approaches such as work sharing and national youth service should be explored.
Bishop Joseph Gray of Shrewsbury also issued a statement calling for more job sharing. "The future will not tolerate overtime and weekend work for some. while
others have no work at allhe said.
At a primary school in Halewood, where the marchers spent the night. the parish priest of Holy Family church. Fr Cyril Thomas told them: "You are marching For human dignity. You are supported by the whole of Halewood-.