December 6, 2021
From Stand Up To Racism (UK)
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Fighting for anti racist workplaces

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On Saturday 5 February trade unionists and workplace activists from across Britain will come together at the ‘Fighting for anti racist workplaces’ conference – hosted by the TUC and Stand Up To Racism – to talk about how we oppose the government’s racist offensive.

Boris Johnson and Priti Patel’s Nationality and Borders bill is attempting to effectively remove the right to seek asylum in Britain while the scapegoating of refugees and migrants continues. The government’s CRED report denied the reality of institutional racism exposed by the Black Lives Matter movement, despite the massively disproportionate death rate amongst black front line workers and communities.

The government’s new police bill targets BLM activists and the GRT community and strengthens police powers despite the ongoing reality of black communities facing disproportionate use of stop and search and deaths in police contact.

The government is playing the game of divide and rule, attempting to fool working people that ‘others’ – migrants, refugees and Muslims – are to blame for the problems in our society.

This ‘divide and rule’ strategy legitimises racism and risks opening the door to the racist and fascist right.

We need to take up these arguments in our workplaces and build the unity we need to oppose racism and austerity.

The conference will discuss how we do this and how to maximise the trade union turnout at UN antiracism day events initiated by Stand Up To Racism and also supported by the TUC.

Model letter to trade union branches, regions and executives to support Stand Up To Racism & TUC backed UN day protests and trade union conference, and affiliate to Stand Up To Racism:

Fighting for anti racist workplaces

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Dear colleagues,

On Saturday 5 February trade unionists and workplace activists from across Britain will come together at the ‘Fighting for anti racist workplaces’ conference – hosted by the TUC and Stand Up To Racism – to talk about how we oppose the government’s racist offensive.

Boris Johnson and Priti Patel’s Nationality and Borders bill is attempting to effectively remove the right to seek asylum in Britain while the scapegoating of refugees and migrants continues. The government’s CRED report denied the reality of institutional racism exposed by the Black Lives Matter movement, despite the massively disproportionate death rate amongst black front line workers and communities.

The government’s new police bill targets BLM activists and the GRT community and strengthens police powers despite the ongoing reality of black communities facing disproportionate use of stop and search and deaths in police contact.

The government is playing the game of divide and rule, attempting to fool working people that ‘others’ – migrants, refugees and Muslims – are to blame for the problems in our society.

This ‘divide and rule’ strategy legitimises racism and risks opening the door to the racist and fascist right.

We need to take up these arguments in our workplaces and build the unity we need to oppose racism and austerity.

The conference will discuss how we do this and how to maximise the trade union turnout at UN antiracism day events initiated by Stand Up To Racism and also supported by the TUC.

Model Motion for UN day and conference

We face a growing racist offensive by Boris Johnson’s government with the Nationality & Borders bill attacking the right to asylum and the government’s CRED report denying the existence of the institutional racism hi-lighted by the Black Lives Matter movement.

The government continues to deploy the politics of divide and rule scapegoating refugees, migrants and the Muslim community.

The government’s new police bill targets BLM activists and the GRT community and strengthens police powers despite the ongoing reality of black communities facing disproportionate use of stop and search and deaths in police contact.

On an international scale government’s are attempting to deflect criticism of their handling of the COVID-19 and economic crisis by using racism.

Islamophobia and antisemitism are on the rise and the Far Right are a growing threat.

In these circumstances we ask for your branch/region/executive’s support the international day of action to mark UN antiracism day on Saturday 19 March 2022.

We ask for support for Stand Up To Racism and the TUC’s events across England, Scotland and Wales to maximise the turn out from this union/region/branch/campaign.

We also ask your branch/region/executive to support the ‘Fighting for Anti Racist workplaces’ event on Saturday 5 February 2022, and also to affiliate to Stand Up To Racism.

Many thanks and solidarity,

Weyman Bennett & Sabby Dhalu
Stand Up To Racism co convenors




Source: Standuptoracism.org.uk