PCS has a proud history of campaigning against racism and fascism and it is the union’s agreed policy to oppose racist and fascist organisations in our workplaces and communities.
We also comemorate and/or celebrate those dates in the year that help us think about the evils of fascism and racism, the power of the human spirit and the inherent value of our diversity as a muliticultural country.
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Across Europe the far right is stirring up racism prior to the Euro 2014 elections. Now more than ever we must stand up to and vigorously oppose racism and fascism.
In the UK we have seen a spiralling of racism. The Home Office ‘go home' vans, the hostility directed at Bulgarian and Hungarian migrants and the appalling comments made by mainstream politicians about the Roma in Sheffield are all a portent of what will follow in the lead up to the Euro Elections. Across Europe, whether Golden Dawn in Greece or Geert Wilders in the Netherlands, fascist and racist populist parties are encouraging race hate and scapegoating of minorities.
In Britain the far right looks to gain from such xenophobia and Islamophobia. The BNP aim to get Nick Griffin re-elected in the North West, as an MEP. Andrew Brons aims to do the same in Yorkshire and the Humber. UKIP also are promoting a ‘Little Englander’, anti-foreign agenda for the European elections in May.
The TUC, STUC and UAF have called for demonstrations/rallies, on March 22nd in London, Glasgow and Cardiff to ‘Stand up to Racism and Fascism’. These can be a focus for combating racists standing in the European elections. So far these events have attracted widespread support, with many national trade unions, faith groups, community groups, MSPs and MPs pledging their support to build and attend the demonstrations/rallies.
Please mobilise members to attend one of these three events.
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