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UNION ANNOUNCES MAJOR ANTI-RACISM OFFENSIVE TO HALT BNP

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Unison general secretary Dave Prentis has launched a major offensive against the growing threat of racism and the B...
Unison general secretary Dave Prentis has launched a major offensive against the growing threat of racism and the British National Party. Speaking to the union's national black members' conference in Cardiff, he said:

'The politics of hate peddled by the BNP must be stopped in their tracks. The election of BNP councillors is something we as a country should be ashamed of. Something we should never have allowed to happen. I abhor the growing racism in our country, the intolerance, the way in which people fleeing war, famine and disease are treated. I abhor the inflammatory language of politicians and the media who should know better.

'All of us have a duty to ensure that racism is tackled. It is demeaning to our black citizens. It is demeaning to the perpetrators. And it demeans our society. It poisons our culture and it pollutes public opinion.

'We have to deal with racism and the causes of racism. We have to stamp on the spawning ground of extreme right-wing politics. And we cannot sit back and watch the spectacle of the BNP cynically claiming to be the party of the public services.

'That is why Unison today begins a major offensive against the BNP. A comprehensive campaign involving us as a united union working with local communities, anti-racist coalitions, other unions, the TUC, educating, planning, organising to defeat those politics of hate'.

The general secretary announced today to the conference that the campaign would include:

* national and local media advertising in the run up to the European and local elections

* a personal letter from him to all 1.3 million members warning them of the dangers of voting for the BNP

* the union's April colour magazine, which goes to every member, will have a major anti-racism theme

* national and regional publicity materials available for members to use

* work with local comminities and other anti-racism groups

* the union has also affiliated to the umbrella group - Unite Against Fascism

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