Unions vote for national unity demo on 17 November

12 Sep 2018

Unions and community groups must work together and mobilise in greater numbers to oppose the rise of racist and fascist activity across Europe, Congress says.

 

Emergency Motion E6, Support national unity demonstration against fascism and racism: Saturday 17 November was moved by the University and College Union (UCU) and seconded by PCS.

The motion noted with concern the rise of racist and fascist activity across Europe and the effect of the Trump presidency on supporters of the far right.

Stand Up To Racism, Unite Against Fascism and Love Music Hate Racism have together called for a national unity demo against the fascist and racist right on Saturday 17 November and unions voted to get involved with the organisation of the demo, along with the support of community groups and senior figures in the Shadow Cabinet.

Congress also voted to support the Stand Up To Racism international conference on Saturday 20 October and to co-organise with Stand Up To Racism and Unite Against Fascism a major demonstration to mark UN anti-racism day on Saturday 23 March.

Moving the motion, Dave Muritu of UCU shared his personal experiences of being on the frontline against fascist and racist demonstrations in his home city of Birmingham, where he has had cans thrown at him and been spat at while on demos.

Seconding the motion for PCS, delegate Kevin McHugh said “we must take to the streets and proclaim our unity in the face of this…We must demonstrate in our hundreds of thousands, not just tens of thousands.”

The motion was passed unanimously.

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