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Fighting for anti-racist workplaces - Stand Up To Racism & TUC conference

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Online Conference - From COVID-19 to #BlackLivesMatter... Fighting for anti-racist workplaces

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Speakers confirmed so far:

Frances O'Grady, TUC general secretary

Roger McKenzie, Unison assistant general secretary

Sarah Woolley, BFAWU general secretary

Steve Hedley, RMT assistant general secretary

Gloria Mills, TUC Race Relations Committee chair/ Unison National Secretary & Head of Equality.

Margaret Greer, Unison National Black Members' Officer

Wilf Sullivan TUC Race Equality

Shavanah Taj Wales TUC

Jane Loftus CWU vice president

Glen Hart, RMT National Black & Ethnic Advisory Committee chair

Mohammed Shafiq, PCS National Black Members Committee chair

Amarjite Singh, CWU South East Wales Amal branch secretary

Fayrouz Kraish, Unite Scotland Black & Ethnic Minority committee / biomedical scientist

Des Arthur, CWU South Midlands Postal branch secretary

Victoria Showunmi, UCU NEC & Black Members Committee chair

Amit Malde, FBU Black & Ethnic Minority Members' chair

Taranjit Chana, GMB Race Secretary

Kebba Manneh Unison National Black Members Committee chair

Winston Richards, CWU London Region chair

Dr Stiofán Ó Nualláin author of TUC report: The Rise of the Far Right: Building a Trade Union Response

Rosa Crawford TUC Policy Officer in the Rights, International, Social and Economics Department

Shelly Asquith TUC Policy Officer

Patrick Vernon social commentator, campaigner & cultural historian

Clare Moseley Care4Calais

Timetable

11am to 12.15pm: Opening plenary

From Covid19 to #BlackLivesMatter... Fighting For Anti Racist Workplaces

12.30 to 1.45pm: Workshops

1. After Trump & the Capitol Riot: How Do We Stop the Rise of Racist & Fascist Right

2. Discrimination to disproportionate deaths - Challenging institutional racism

3. Stop the Scapegoating ...Solidarity & Justice for Refugees

4. Challenging the Legacy of Empire & Slavery: Decolonise Education

5. Opposing the Racist Hostile Environment: Migrants Welcome

2pm to 3pm: Closing Plenary

Organising for a World Against Racism & Fascism: Building UN Anti Racism Day of Action 20 March 2021

Racism and inequality have been at the centre of the COVID-19 crisis.

BAME frontline workers and communities have disproportionately suffered during the pandemic.

But despite the crisis the Tories have continued with the racist hostile environment.

Refugees, migrants and the Muslim community have been scapegoated throughout the crisis while deportation flights continue despite the Windrush scandal.

It’s no wonder that in the wake of George Floyd’s death in the US hundreds of thousands were involved in the Black Lives Matter protests in Britain.

Whether it’s the disproportionate use of stop and search against black communities or the ongoing disparities on safety, pay and conditions for BAME workers racism is a trade union issue.

In the US Trump may have lost but he has inspired the racist and fascist right internationally and they are still trying to grow.

In Britain the trade unions have been at the forefront of opposing attempts by the Far Right to re-organise and build support. In these difficult times we need to make a stand against the growth of racism, Islamophobia and antisemitism and any attempt to divide working people.

This event organised by Stand Up To Racism & the TUC will look at how we can build the fight against racism and inequality in our workplaces, decolonise our education system and strengthen links between the trade unions and the wider anti-racist movement.

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