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TUC Black Members' conference reflects rage against racism

by Gary McFarlane
Issue No. 2450

Neville Lawrence speaks at fringe meeting on stop and search

Neville Lawrence speaks at fringe meeting on stop and search (Pic: Gary McFarlane)


Delegates from across the Labour movement gathered in London last weekend for the annual TUC black workers conference. 

Growing opposition to the rising tide of racism was reflected at the conference. Resolutions were passed against stop and search, the gutting of race equality legislation, the demonisation of migrants and the Islamophobic Prevent strategy and zero hours

Further motions were passed including in support of Stand Up to Ukip and the Movement Against Xenophobia’s ongoing pro-immigration poster campaign. 

There was criticism of the Labour Party. TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady set the tone by criticising the leadership for pandering to racism with its “tough on immigration” approach. 

Stephen Lawrence’s father Neville Lawrence was the keynote speaker at a meeting organised by the GMB union on stop and search.

He drew attention to the role unions played in the campaign to bring two of his son’s racist killers to justice. 

He urged unions to get behind efforts to fight racist policing saying, “Without the support of the unions our campaign would never have got off the ground.”

 


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Tue 21 Apr 2015, 16:40 BST
Issue No. 2450
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