19th STUC Black Workers’ Conference
Saturday 3 / Sunday 4 October 2012
Hallmark Hotel, Glasgow
The 19th Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) Black Workers’ Conference will take place in the Hallmark Hotel, Glasgow this weekend (Saturday and Sunday, 3-4 October). The Conference brings together Black trade unionists from a range of workplaces across Scotland to debate issues and motions of interest to them. Motions to this year’s Conference cover a range of issues including: the Trade Union Bill, the Human Rights Act, Black Youth Unemployment, Islamophobia and Reparations for the Slave Trade.
The theme of this year’s conference is ‘No to Racism, No to Intolerance.’ Speaking ahead of the conference Rakiya Suleiman, vice-chair of the STUC Black Workers’ Committee said:
“This conference comes at an important time for anti-racist campaigners in Scotland. The global refugee crisis has caused terrible scenes across Europe and it is difficult to watch people struggle in search of a better life. The response from Scotland’s communities has been positive and it is inspiring to see how many people are prepared to offer practical support, aid and even a place in their home to people in their time of need.
“In contrast the response from the UK Government has been lamentable. Their pledge to offer 20,000 places over 5 years to Syrian refugees through the Vulnerable Person Relocation programme pales into insignificance when compared to the scale of the crisis and they have nothing in place for people who have already made it to Europe.
“The Scottish Government’s response shows that another way of dealing with the crisis is possible and it is a credit to the Government that they are actively working through their Refugee Task Force to welcome refugees here. While we welcome the positive response that people in Scotland have shown towards refugees, we also recognise that this is not a universally held view and we call on the Scottish Government to lead a public anti-racism campaign to ensure that refugees truly are welcome here. “
Notes to Editors
Speakers at the conference include:
Chris Stephens MP
Karen Murray, Head of the National Training Programme, Skills Development Scotland
Helen Connor, STUC Vice-President
Dave Moxham, STUC Deputy General Secretary
Graham Newport, Chair, STUC LGBT Workers’ Committee
A panel session on Black Lives Matter will also be held on the Saturday afternoon and will include the following speakers:
Graham Campbell, Black Lives Matter
Aamer Anwar, Human Rights Lawyer
Ade Johnson, Justice for Sheku Bayoh
A hustings for the Scottish Parliament elections will also be held in the morning of Sunday 4th October
On Friday 2nd October the STUC Black Workers Committee will also hold its inaugural Jane Smeal Black History Month lecture. The lecture will be held in the Hallmark Hotel (previously the Menzies Hotel) 8pm-9pm and will be delivered by Professor Geoff Palmer. The lecture will consider Scotland’s role in the slave trade and the legacy this leaves on modern day Scotland.
For further information contact Helen Martin 0141 337 8100