Health workers and campaigners have achieved a rapid-fire succession of victories against this government’s reactionary policies against migrant workers. These gains should be celebrated and widely popularised.
All anti-racists have a duty to stand up to the vile racism we have seen in response to Covid-19 and campaign for the government to adopt an approach that saves the maximum number of lives, not put hundreds of thousands of people at risk.
The Tories have launched an attack on all working people with their new immigration policy. It will probably do serious damage to our public services, even if big exemptions and exclusions from the new restrictions are finally put in place.
Behind all the populist rhetoric about restricting cheap labour, the major risk is that the system is actually designed to create a new, lower category of worker in this country, akin to something like the gastarbeiter (“guest worker”) status in Germany.
We are experiencing a worsening impact of both austerity and racism. International Women’s Day is an important opportunity to remind us that women are disproportionately impacted by both.
Tiny numbers of people risking the icy waters of a Channel crossing in small boats during the holiday period was apparently enough to send the media and various government Ministers into a state of panic, with the Home Secretary declaring it a ‘national crisis’.
National Unity Demonstration Against Racism & Fascism