Date 26 April 2007
UNISON takes action to challenge racist parties
UNISON, Scotland's largest union, is preparing to take its campaign
against the BNP and other far-right parties to the streets this
weekend. The union's branches are organising a number of initiatives
in different parts of Scotland on Saturday 28 April to take the
message out to the public that racists have no place in Scotland.
Stalls will be organised in a number of areas including Ayr, Kilmarnock,
Stirling, Glasgow and Turriff.
The union has produced large numbers of leaflets and posters urging
its members to be careful with their vote, and to vote against racist
parties like the BNP on March 3.
UNISON Scottish Organiser Dave Watson said: "UNISON members care
for the whole community in Scotland, we won't allow racists to wreck
Scotland's economic and cultural future. The BNP preach their message
of hate, but try to hide it under a veneer of respectability. They
use lies and rumour to pedal myths about, migrant workers and asylum
seekers. We have been working to expose those myths and welcome
much needed workers into Scotland."
UNISON points out that a recent economic report has found that
the influx of recent migrant workers into Scotland has boosted our
economy. And that without them our building trade would collapse,
the catering and tourist trade would suffer and our health service
would fall apart.
They point out that recent BNP successes in England have lead to
increases in racist crime wherever the BNP win council seats, and
that a number of senior BNP members have been convicted of violent
Dave said "The BNP campaign is not only based on lies, it is hypocritical.
It purports to be for local people - yet they have had to import
half their candidates from England to make up the numbers. With
the new PR system - particularly in the local councils elections
- there is a danger that a low turnout could lead to BNP candidates
being elected by default. We are urging our members and the general
public to get out and ensure they cannot destroy our democracy."
For Further Information Please Contact: Dave Watson (Scottish
Organiser) 0845 355 0845 (w) 07958 122 409 (m) Kevin O'Neil (Information
Development Officer) 0845 355 0845(w) 07988 867 935(m) Chris Bartter
(Communications Officer) 0845 355 0845(w) 0771 558 3729(m)