Marches will take place in Glasgow and London on Saturday 19 March and Cardiff on Sunday 20 March. UN Anti-Racism Day will see international protests taking place in cities around the world under the slogan ‘World Against Racism & Fascism’.
Paddy Lillis – Usdaw General Secretary says:
“These national demonstrations are important and timely reminders that Britain remains an unequal society where the colour of your skin makes you more vulnerable to unemployment, low pay, poor health, harassment and abuse. We stand up and speak out against racism, Islamophobia and anti-Semitism.
“Over the weekend many thousands of people across the world and in the UK will come together to show their solidarity with and support for those people and communities facing bigotry and hate. It is well documented that Black and minority ethnic workers and communities have been disproportionately affected by Coronavirus, with the most devastating impact being the high number of deaths, especially among key workers delivering essential services.
“Racism and racial harassment takes many different forms but the result is the same - stress, health problems, loss of confidence and real psychological and physical injury. It affects all aspects of a person’s life leaving them feeling isolated, marginalised and unable to exercise their rights or live their lives as they choose. It often results in workers leaving their jobs rather than face continuing harassment.
“Usdaw’s own ‘No Room for Racism’ campaign involves 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’.
“Usdaw continues to provide support for members who face racially motivated violence, threats and abuse and we remain committed to organising and promoting anti-racism campaigns in workplaces and wider society. This weekend’s events provide us with another welcome opportunity to stand together against racism, further strengthen our anti-racist alliances and ensure our collective voice is heard.”
Notes for editors:
Usdaw (Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers)
is the UK's fifth biggest trade union with around 360,000 members. Most Usdaw members work in the retail sector, but the union also has many members in transport, distribution, food manufacturing, chemical industry and other trades.
Usdaw’s ‘No Room for Racism’ campaign: https://www.usdaw.org.uk/Help-Advice/Equalities/Racial-Equality
Stand Up to Racism:
Information on the marches in London, Glasgow in Cardiff, as well as the other protests in the global movement against racism and fascism can be found here: www.standuptoracism.org.uk
World Against Racism:
Information on where the actions are taking place around the world is here: https://worldagainstracism.org
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