Ex-Sunderland captain helps tackle racism at work

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FORMER Sunderland skipper Gary Bennet is helping to tackle racism in the workplace.

Campaigning charity Show Racism the Red Card has teamed up with the TUC for a conference at Sunderland AFC’s Stadium of Light tomorrow.

Show Racism the Red Card staff will lead a series of workshops and activities, with guest speakers including Bennett, who will describe his own experiences and the impact of the campaign on young people.

More than 70 schoolchildren from across the region will also visit the Stadium of Light to take part in anti-racism workshops delivered by former Newcastle United players Olivier Bernard and Richard Offiong, both of whom now work on behalf of the campaign.

Youngsters and trade unionists will come together at the end of the Challenging Racism in the Workplace conference to take part in a question and answer session discussing some of the key issues within the workplace, including equality.

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.

“We have a fantastic line-up of workshops and speakers and are really looking forward to what I am sure will be a hugely valuable event.”

Beth Farhat, Northern TUC Regional Secretary said: “It’s great that Show Racism the Red Card are holding such an innovative event in our region and even better that we are part of it.”

The conference will be held between 9.30am and 4pm tomorrow.