Special panel prompts lively discussion
Show Racism the Red Card (Scotland) were grateful to Unite the Union’s Scottish Housing Association’s Branch for recently supporting our fringe meeting at the Scottish Trade Union Congress Annual Conference which was held in Perth.
As the country’s foremost anti-racism educational charity we wanted the STUC delegates to take part in a lively discussion which could promote our message of education being a key component in the fight against racism.
Participants heard from Perth & Kinross Councillor Archie MacLennan who chairs the Council’s Equality & Diversity Committee, Unison’s Learning & Organising Migrant Workers Fieldworker, Marta Chaba and Show Racism the Red Card’s own ex-professional coach Michael Weir.
All of the speakers spoke passionately about the importance of education in challenging the myths and stereotypes which can lay the foundation for prejudice and fractures in our communities and workplaces. Dee Kinning, Education Coordinator was also on hand to give some examples of some of the facts she gives to workshop participants in the form of a light-hearted quiz, for instance try this one;
If all the migrant workers in the Perth & Kinross area went to a St Johnstone FC home game, how full would McDiarmid Park (capacity 10,000) be? *
Show Racism the Red Card (Scotland) is about to deliver two anti-racism and sectarianism training days to members of ASLEF, the train drivers’ union. If you would be interested in offering similar training in your workplace or branch then please get in touch.
*Half-full, there are 5000 migrant workers in Perth and Kinross mostly working in the hard to fill jobs in agriculture, care or hospitality.