On Friday 20th April 2018, the TUC Black Workers annual Conference began at TUC Congress House, London. A two and half day conference where black workers from across Trade unions come together to debate, pass crucial motions, learn and raise awareness and highlighting issues affecting all workers and setting the scene for the next 12 months to achieve the goals set by delegates.
The Conference was addressed by the humble Dr Neville Lawrence who shared with us what the last 25 years have meant to him and his family. He received a very emotional standing ovation form delegates showing their solidarity against the struggle against institutionalised racism.
The conference kicked off with its first motion, put forward by the CWU moved by Sylvia Beckett and seconded by the GMB union, Taranjit Chana. There are several other unions who spoke in support of this crucial motion “Racism in the Workplace. The motion called for the TUC Race Relations Committee to take further practical action in its effort to eradicate racism in the workplaces by working with the TUC General Council to:
1. Support Show Racism the Red Card’s “Wear Red “day.
2. Encourage fundraising for Show Racism the Red Card which will be used to facilitate the delivery of anti-racism education for young people and adults throughout England and Wales.
3. Ensure that anti-racist material is circulated throughout all affiliated unions, including the TUC Guide Combatting Racist Abuse in the workplace.
4. Assist affiliates to challenge and be proactive in finding solutions to abuse in the workplace.
5. Work with the TUC Race Relations Committee an affiliated trade union to question where trade unions need collective bargaining on Race issues.
The motion was passed unanimously.