Tomorrow (Saturday) the streets of three UK cities – London, Cardiff and Glasgow – will be full of people standing up to racism as they take part in marches and rallies in support of UN Anti-Racism Day.
Commenting on the Stand up to Racism marches, UNISON assistant general secretary Roger McKenzie said: “Today is an opportunity to take action against the resurgent racism and fascism that has consequences for us all. It’s a chance for every one of us to increase our efforts to build a better world.
“Anti-immigrant, Islamophobic and Anti-Semitic rhetoric are on the rise. We all share the obligation to fight these evils wherever and whenever they appear.
“In a year when the appalling treatment of the Windrush generation has been under the spotlight, it is the duty of unions to stand with all those affected.
“Unions will also continue to tackle the racism in UK workplaces and in wider society that blights the life chances of many.
“The horrific terrorist attack in Christchurch brings home to us all the reality of the hate that so many face simply as a result of their race or religion.
“On UN Anti-Racism Day, UNISON recommits to fighting hatred wherever it exists.”
Notes to editors:
– More information on the marches in London, Glasgow and Cardiff is available at www.standuptoracism.org.uk
– UNISON is the UK’s largest union, with more than 1.3 million members providing public services – in education, local government, the NHS, police service and energy. They are employed in both the public and private sectors.
Liz Chinchen T: 0207 121 5463 M: 07778 158175 E: firstname.lastname@example.org