John Hannett – Usdaw General Secretary says:
“Today’s Wear Red Day
is a timely reminder that everyone has the right to be treated with dignity and respect at work, particularly after the rise in reported hate crimes following last year’s referendum. Regardless of race, religious belief or national origin everyone must be allowed to go about their lives free from fear of abuse.
“Across the country Usdaw reps are organising Wear Red Day
events in workplaces to raise awareness and funds for educational work delivered by Show Racism the Red Card
. Usdaw’s own staff are also participating today.
“Today’s activities add to Usdaw’s No room for racism
campaign, which involves hundreds of the union’s reps running workplace campaigns all year round; doing what our reps do best, standing up for workers at the sharp end, bringing people together. They engage members, non-members and employers with our anti-racist message - not in my name, not in my workplace.”
Notes for Editors:
Usdaw (Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers)
is the UK's fourth biggest and the fastest growing trade union with over 430,000 members. Membership has increased by more than 17% in the last five years and by nearly a third in the last decade. Most Usdaw members work in the retail sector, but the Union also has many members in transport, distribution, food manufacturing, chemicals and other trades.
Show Racism the Red Card
is an organisation that for over 20 years has been educating young people about racism in schools and with the help of role-models, including professional footballers, at special events at football clubs and through educational films. Usdaw works closely with Show Racism the Red Card
, who have supported a number of anti-racism campaigns in Usdaw workplaces.
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