“The STUC Black Workers Committee is deeply distressed and concerned in view of the incident that occurred at the Park Inn Hotel in Glasgow on Friday 26 June 2020. We send our sympathies and thoughts to all those affected.
“Our committee raised our concerns about the welfare of refugees and impact Coronavirus has had. We support the Scottish Government's continued efforts to raise these concerns with the UK Government, and continue to support the renewed efforts to resolve the ongoing situation.
“We have also reached out to the Scottish Refugee Council to stand in solidarity and to offer our support in making it clear that asylum seekers and refugees are welcome in Scotland but also that their full physical and mental wellbeing is of utmost importance.
“The Home Office and Mears Group PLC must be held to account for this devastating failure to act upon concerns that were raised by residents and staff. The policy directive that believed that herding some of the most vulnerable people into hotels as a reaction to lockdown is a clear failure on Mears’ part.
“A full inquiry is required into all aspects of this tragedy including whether the response of Police Scotland, which resulted in the loss of a Black man's life, was proportionate and necessary.
“The STUC Black Workers Committee renew our call that financial assistance should be provided to asylum seekers in the hotel in order to improve their quality of life.”
If people wish to directly support those affected in Glasgow, the Committee encourages people to donate to the following cause: https://chuffed.org/project/phone-top-ups-for-asylum-seekers-refugee-in-covid19-lock-down
For more information, please contact Rachel Thomson, Campaigns & Communications Officer, on 07974966227.