13 July 2021

PCS rejects racism and discrimination and stands in solidarity with Black members

Members will have seen the appalling response from some sections of society following England's defeat in the European Championship Final on Sunday evening.

Rather than recognise the massive achievement of the team making history in reaching a European final for the first time, and the contribution made by the young black players, some have chosen to concentrate on the three missed penalties, launching a massive backlash of abhorrent racism against those who bravely stepped up.
 
This behaviour has rightly been condemned by all quarters, but the hatred on display in many comments on social media and elsewhere is understandably triggering for members of the black community. 
 
This has also been deeply felt by our own black members in PCS and it is devastating to receive emails and comments from those members about the impact that this terrible abuse has had on them, their families and communities.
 
There is no place for racism in our society and PCS in DWP stand in solidarity with Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, Bukayo Saka, and all those affected by this terrible hatred and prejudice.
 
Members are urged to join PCS in not only condemning this behaviour, but actively challenging racism wherever it rears its head. 
 
If you experience or witness racism in the workplace then you should report it immediately and seek the support of your local PCS representative to challenge this behaviour. 
 
The 24 hour racial incident helpline is available to members and is a confidential and safe place to make a report, or raise concerns: 020 7801 2678.
 
Equally if you experience or witness racist abuse outside of work, PCS will help support you. You should contact your union rep or you can access Slater and Gordon lawyers on our 24 hour legal advice helpline  0800 916 9066.

PCS will not tolerate racism or discrimination of any kind, every one of our black members’ lives matter and we demand dignity and respect for all.  We therefore urge every member of our union to stand with our black colleagues, to challenge racism and discrimination in all its forms, for PCS members to be not only ‘not racist’, but to be actively anti-racist.

Solidarity to all our members impacted by these latest terrible events.