Date Wed 27 December 2006
Booklet adds to anti-racist arguments for public service staff
UNISON, Scotland's public service union, today, announced the
publication of a new booklet that address the myths and inaccuracies
about immigration and asylum commonly held by people in Scotland.
The booklet, titled The Asylum Myths, is targeted at public service
workers and deals not only with the 'myths' but also identifies
far-right organisations that try to promote inaccurate information
about migrants to further their own racist ideologies.
The publication is part of the union's 'Opposing Racism' action
plan. Dave Watson, UNISON's Scottish Organiser said "This booklet
attempts to address the racist lies of the BNP and other far-right
parties head-on. We want our members to know the facts about immigration,
and the positive benefits it can have for Scotland. "UNISON is challenging
these lies and telling the truth about the valuable contribution
that Scotland's diverse communities make to Scotland as a whole.
This booklet forms part of UNISON's ongoing campaign. It contains
valuable information that will support members in their work, and
will challenge the lies."
The booklet addresses the common misconceptions about immigration,
including "We're full up, we can't take any more", "They're taking
our jobs", and "They're a drain on taxes", and points out the true
situation (for example that without migrant workers, taxes would
have to rise by 1p in the pound - according to the Home Office).
It is now being sent out to UNISONScotland's 80 plus branches
and used to challenge attitudes and misinformation that might come
up in the workplace and the wider community. UNISON has also sent
the booklet to every MP in Scotland, along with our 129 MSPs.
[Note for Editors - The Asylum Myths and its accompanying leaflet
are available from Kevin O'Neil or Dave Watson - below, or it will
be on UNISONScotland's website from 27 December 2006. http://www.unison-scotland.org.uk/activists/asylum.html
For Further Information Please Contact: Dave Watson (Scottish
Organiser - Policy) 07958 122 409(m) Kevin O'Neil (Information Development
Officer) 07988 867 935 (m) Chris Bartter (Communications Officer)
0771 558 3729(m)