Scottish Unions mobilise against the BNP

May 13th 2009

On Friday (15 May) trade unionists throughout Scotland will mobilise to get out the vote for the Euro Elections and keep out the fascist BNP.  The anti-racist organisation Searchlight, has designated Friday 15 May as “Union Friday” in its Hope not Hate campaign, and is working with trade unions across the UK.

 The Scottish Trades Union Congress is co-ordinating activity across Scotland, to make people aware of the dangers of the BNP.  From Inverness to Dumfries, trade unions will be warning of the racist policies of the BNP which play on people’s fears, and urging voters to turn out on Thursday 4 June.

 Speaking on the eve of “Union Friday”, STUC General Secretary Grahame Smith said:

 “Whatever people’s views are of Europe, there is a clear threat that the BNP will be spreading their politics of hate to try to win seats in the European Parliament. The BNP will be using the current recession to play on people’s fears.   The trade union movement has a crucial role to expose their racist policies, and encourage people to vote against this on 4 June”.

 Trade unionists will be holding street stalls, raising awareness in their workplaces and branches, and leafleting train stations on Friday 15 May.

 The following activity is taking place:

 

Glasgow Street Stall:

Buchanan Street (outside Border Book Shop)

12.00pm – 2.00pm.

 

Glasgow Queen Street Station:

Leafleting outside 4pm – 5pm.

 

Edinburgh Street Stall:

Princes Street (east end, beside Wellington Statue)

11.00am – 3.00pm.

 

Dundee Street Stall:

Dundee City Square

 

Aberdeen Street Stall :

Union Street (outside Marks & Spencer)

 

Inverness Street Stall

High Street, 12noon – 2pm

 

On Saturday Dumfries Trades Union Council will be in Dumfries town centre.

 

Trade unions will be:

·           Encouraging people to ensure they are registered to vote in the Euro Elections, the deadline for registering is Tuesday 19 May.

·           Urging people to turn out to vote against the BNP on 4 June.

 

Ends

For further information:

Mary Senior,   STUC    0141 337 8100

or go to http://www.stuc.siteiscentral.com/union-friday-15-may-2009

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