Show Racism the Red Card (Scotland) were delighted to be invited by ASLEF (the train drivers’ union) to deliver two training courses to their members.
The courses allowed participants to take part in discussions and activities which;
· highlighted that everybody carries prejudice and stereotypes which can potentially impact on our interactions with others, but that we can do something about these by reflecting upon them and finding out information to challenge our preconceptions
· gave information to break down the stereotypes and misconceptions often perpetuated by the traditional and new media.
· gave an overview of equality legislation and employer policies to put the issue into context and create an understanding of the effects of direct and non-direct discrimination, harassment and victimisation.
· gave information about the correct terminology to use and the importance of taking the time to familiarise ourselves with these.
· allowed participants to work out the best ways to respond to prejudice in their workplace.
· demonstrated how incidents can escalate if left unchallenged and stress the need to deal with all incidents of prejudice to prevent this from happening.
The ASLEF members also heard from ex-Hibs and Millwall star Michael Weir talking about how the issues of racism, sectarianism and diversity have impacted on his career and life.
"The training seminars were excellent and were delivered in a entertaining and enjoyable way. We look forward to continuing our excellent working relationship with SRTRC. I would recommend the training to other trade unions." (Kevin Lindsay, ASLEF, District Organiser)