CAMPAIGNING organisations have teamed up to tackle racism in the workplace.
The TUC and Show Racism the Red Card (SRtRC) worked together to run the Challenging Racism in the Workplace conference at Sunderland AFC’s Stadium of Light
The event offered trade unionists and young people a chance to come together to discuss ways to ensure workplaces remain free of prejudice and intolerance.
The day gave existing union reps and an opportunity to examine how racism can be challenged and to share experiences and best practice around encouraging equality among employees from all backgrounds and cultures.
Speakers included Mohammad Taj, TUC president, Riz Rehman, of the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA), and former Sunderland AFC captain Gary Bennett, who gave a personal testimony describing his own experiences of racism and the impact of the Show Racism the Red Card campaign on young people.
More than 70 young people from schools across the region visited the event to take part in anti-racism workshops with former Newcastle United players Olivier Bernard and Richard Offiong, both of whom now work on behalf of the campaign.
Young people and trade unionists closed the day with a question and answer session on the key issues surrounding racism and equality within the workplace.
Ged Grebby, chief executive of Show Racism the Red Card, said: “This conference is something of a first for us and builds on the long-standing relationship between trade unions and the campaign.
“We have been very fortunate to receive fantastic support from a large number of trade unions and we are delighted to have the opportunity to share our expertise and learn from those who challenge racism and promote equality in the workplace on a daily basis.”
Beth Farhat, Northern TUC’s regional secretary, said: “Giving young people the opportunity to attend will offer them an insight into why organisations like SRtRC, the TUC and trade unions are necessary.”