Fighting for anti-racist workplaces – Trade Union Conference
Sat 5 Feb
Hosted by the TUC and Stand Up To Racism
Register here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/217534169557
Information from the organisers
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.
11am – 12.30pm:
OPPOSING JOHNSON’S RACIST OFFENSIVE: FIGHTING FOR ANTI RACIST WORKPLACES
Christina McAnea Unison general secretary ■ Wilf Sullivan TUC Equality Officer ■ Kevin Courtney NEU general secretary ■ Patrick Roache NASUWT general secretary ■ Manuel Cortes TSSA general secretary ■ Juliana Ojinnaka UCU National Black Members Committee chair ■ Rozanne Foyer Scottish TUC general secretary ■ Shavanah Taj Wales TUC general secretary ■ Ian Taylor CWU national executive ■ Sabby Dhalu Stand Up To Racism co convenor
12.45 – 2.15pm:
1. AMIDST THE COVID PANDEMIC – FIGHTING INSTITUTIONAL RACISM: A STRATEGY FOR ANTI RACIST WORKPLACES
Fayrouz Kraish Unite Scotland Black & Ethnic Minority committee / biomedical scientist ■ Glen Hart RMT Black & Ethnic Minorities Advisory Committee ■ Moyra Samuels Grenfell Community activist & housing campaigner ■ Lawrence Davies Belly Mujinga lawyer ■ Amarjite Singh CWU national executive ■ Sabby Dhalu Stand Up To Racism co convenor
Chair: Ameen Hadi Unison North WestBlack Members
2. OPPOSING THE NATIONALITY AND BORDERS BILL – RESISTING THE HOSTILE ENVIRONMENT
Mohammed Shafiq PCS Black Members’ Committee chair ■ Clare Harker St Alberts Primary School teacher in Pollokshields (where staff and pupils joined opposition to dawn raid) ■ Mohammad Asif Afghan Human Rights Foundation ■ Suzanne Jeffrey Campaign Against Climate Change ■ Weyman Bennett Stand Up To Racism co convenor
3. CHALLENGING THE LEGACY OF EMPIRE & SLAVERY: DECOLONISE EDUCATION
Daniel Kebede NEU president ■ Victoria Showunmi UCU union NEC & Black Members Committee ■ Khadija Mohammed EIS executive, senior lecturer & STUC Black Workers’ Committee ■ Tony Adams NUJ Black Members’ Council
& others to be confirmed
4. OPPOSING THE POLICING BILL – FIGHTING FOR JUSTICE
Zita Holborne PCS vice president ■ Mel Mullings RMT Black & Ethnic Minorities Advisory Committee ■ Winston Richards CWU London Region chair ■ Neomi Bennett Equality4BlackNurses
5. FROM CAPITOL HILL TO FRANCE’S PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION: HOW CAN WE COMBAT THE RISE OF THE FAR RIGHT?
Virginia Rodino United Against Hate (US ) ■ French activist ■ Steve Hedley RMT assistant general secretary ■ Lee Baron Midlands TUC regional secretary ■ Taranjit Chana GMB Race ■ Nahella Ashraf Stand Up To Racism North West
& others to be confirmed
6. MIGRANTS WORKERS – PART OF THE SOLUTION
Matthew Creagh TUC Policy Officer ■ Petros Ilya United Voices of the World (UVW) general secretary ■ Julia Mwaluke care worker & Unison NEC ■ Migrant workers who have led striker for better wages, conditions and rights
2.30 – 3.45pm:
CLOSING PLENARY #WORLDAGAINSTRACISM : BUILDING UN ANTI RACISM DAY 19 & 20 MARCH 2022
Mark Serwotka PCS general secretary ■ Gloria Mills Unsion Head of Equalities ■ Sarah Woolley BFAWU general secretary ■ Lena Wånggren UCU Scotland president ■ Weyman Bennett Stand Up To Racism co convenor
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.