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Tackling Racism

Usdaw is determined to promote equality for all sections of society both at work and in the community. The Union has equality forums in each division made up of members from the black and asian, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT), and disabled communities.

 Members can volunteer to get involved in their Divisional Equality Forum by contacting their local office. This forms part of the Union’s aim to increase the participation of black and asian members in the work of Usdaw.
 
Usdaw also runs a separate national get-together for black and asian activists. This is held over one weekend in November.
 
While discrimination is illegal it can be very difficult to prove. However, Usdaw works tirelessly to support members and reps both to promote equality and end discrimination in all its forms. Legislation does exist to protect individuals from discrimination and Usdaw’s reps, officials and Legal Department can be called upon to support members. Usdaw has successfully represented many black and asian members to win justice at work.
 
More and more black and asian members are getting involved in Usdaw.

Usdaw's ‘No Room for Racism’ campaign was developed in response to a growing demand from reps who wanted to run workplace anti-racist campaigns.


 

Notes to my teenage self

What advice would you give to your younger self if you could meet them now you’re a bit older and wiser? The BBC recently asked this question to Sir Lenny Henry and a number of other performers and broadcasters, all of whom have experienced racism.
 
In a series of short clips, they share their stories. There is also advice on what you can do to take care of your mental health if you're affected by prejudice or racism.

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