Unite the Union Hull Community Branch letter to the Hull Daily Mail in response to a rise in reporting of xenophobic incidents in the wake of the referendum result.
Britain’s largest union, Unite has called for cross-party political action to condemn those who have abused migrant communities and workers in the days since the UK voted to leave the European Union.
The union also vowed that it will be redoubling its efforts in workplaces and communities to challenge those seeking to spread fear and hate today after incidents of hate crime and racial abuse were reported over the weekend. We also recognise that there has been a general background hum intimidation and we continue to work tirelessly to eliminate such behaviour, and the causes of it.
Pledging to support communities and workers of all nationalities, Unite said the flames of xenophobia and racism fanned by some during the EU referendum campaign must not be allowed to sow division in our communities.
Unite stands against the xenophobes and racists now acting to bring fear to people and the communities that were living in harmony in the UK.
Unite and the trade union movement will be playing its part, as we do every day in workplaces across the country, to bring people together because divided we do fall.
But it is also beholden upon all our political parties to state very clearly that this behaviour has no place whatsoever in a modern, decent society, and to provide the agencies charged with supporting community cohesion the resources they need to bring people together.
Over the coming days and weeks Unite will continue to support communities and workers of all nationalities and backgrounds. These are our members, our colleagues, our comrades, our neighbours and our friends. We shall not turn away.
Our nation’s values of tolerance and respect will not be destroyed by those who sow division. People should be in no doubt that Unite will continue to confront racism and tackle the haters who seek divide our communities.
Dermot Rathbone. Equalities Officer UNITE the Union Hull Community Branch.