STUC Black Workers Conference in Glasgow

October 4th 2013

The 17th annual Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) Black Workers Conference will gather in Glasgow today (Saturday 5th October) and high in its agenda will be the impact of austerity on Black and Minority Ethnic workers and communities.

The Black Workers Conference Chair, Hakim Din, of the First Division Association, said

"In a week in which we have been told that the economy is improving, there is scant evidence that there is any recovery for our members who continue to suffer disproportionately from unemployment and low pay"

STUC will also launch its Commonwealth Games campaign pack at the conference. STUC General Secretary Grahame Smith will say.

“By their nature international sporting events have the potential to cross boundaries, inspire co-operation and understanding and promote healthy activity and participation. They are also rarely without political significance. We have seen in the past how such events can be misused by those in power. Who could ignore the Hitlerite propaganda of the 1936 Munich Olympic Games and the subsequent four gold medals won by US athlete Jesse Owens and The Black Pride salute of Tommie Smith and John Carlos at the 1968 Olympic Games in Tokyo will for-ever stand as a seminal moment of anti-racist resistance. The 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sotchi is rightly the focus of campaigning against the homophobic laws introduced in Russia.

“We expect the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow to have, like any major sporting event which aspires to allow competition on an even playing field, something to say about the day to day equality and liberty afforded to their respective peoples by the host and participant countries. “The STUC hopes that its campaign pack will serve as a resource to enable trade unionists and other progressives to actively promote the values that we share whilst working towards tangible achievements building on the previous efforts and success of others, including that achieved by our sister organisation, the TUC in relation to the London Olympics.”

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