London United campaign launched
JANUARY 21, 2020
A campaign to tackle the alarming surge in far right extremism in the UK and across Europe will be launched by trade unions and party members at the London Labour regional conference this weekend (2-3 March 2019).
The London region of Unite is leading calls for a coordinated labour movement campaign to tackle the root causes of right-wing extremism by coming up with solutions to address the real concerns and fears of working people.
London United, a campaign formed by Unite, ASLEF, CWU, GMB, NASUWT, TSSA, RMT, Baker’s Food & Allied Workers Union (BFAWU), USDAW and Unison in recognition of the key role trade unions must play in countering the populist propaganda of the extreme right, has the support of the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, shadow chancellor John McDonnell and London assembly member Unmesh Desai.
With the far right mobilising across Europe ahead of the 2019 European parliamentary elections and the emergence of ‘alt-right’ street movements, such as the Democratic Football Lads Alliance (DFLA), along with groups linked to former leader of the English Defence League (EDL), Stephen Yaxley-Lennon (AKA Tommy Robinson) in the UK, the need for a coordinated campaign built on traditional trade union values of solidarity, tolerance and social equality is more important than ever.
The launch comes two weeks before unions and anti-racism campaigners gather in London, Cardiff and Glasgow, on Saturday 16 March, to march against racism as part of worldwide demonstrations to mark United Nations anti-racism day.