Date: Tue 19 April 2005
WE MUST GUARD AGAINST FAR RIGHT RACIST LIES WARNS UNISON
Dave Prentis will tomorrow (19 April) issue a warning to stay on
guard against racism and tackle the lies spread by far right parties,
particularly in the hot house atmosphere of a general election.
Speaking at the Scottish TUC in Dundee, on a motion to tackle
racism and fascism, Dave Prentis General Secretary of UNISON will
say: "Spreading fear and lies is the hallmark of the BNP and far
right parties and we must be on guard to ensure they never get a
foothold in Scotland.
"The British National party has two candidates in the general election
in Scotland. Their choice of seats reflects their plans to spread
fear and hatred in Scottish communities. Scott McLean, vice chair
of the BNP, is standing in Glasgow Northeast - an area where many
asylum seekers were housed. "Glasgow Central is another target with
Glasgow BNP organiser Walter Hamilton standing. This area has been
targeted because a young white man was murdered in a racist attack
there last year and because it has a relatively high number of ethnic
"They are not the only racist party. UKIP and Veritas are both
using lies about floods of immigrants filling up Britain to gain
votes. These so-called respectable parties must also be challenged
when they use lies and half-truths to gain votes.
"And what about the Tories? We have already seen Michael Howard
playing the tired old Tory race card, whipping up hysteria against
asylum seekers and saying it's all right because he was one once
himself. He's going to set a quota and when it's met, no matter
how deserving your case, it's tough."
Dave Prentis will praise the work done by UNISON and other unions
to create a more inclusive society. He will also call for the Race
Relations Act to be extended to the private and voluntary sectors
to protect the union's members and the rest of the black population
from the appalling rates of pay and unemployment suffered at the
Dave Prentis will say: "We must be on guard. Union members are
not immune to the lies of the racists. Some members may even be
members of these parties. Trade Unions need to have the right to
exclude members of Far Right parties particularly where they try
and spread their lies at work. Changes need to be made so that it
is clear that there is no space for racism in the Trade Union movement."