Trade Union Friends of HOPE not hate

Trade Union Friends of HOPE not hate

Unity is strength

Affiliate to Trade Union Friends of HOPE not hate to join with others in the fight against the far right in your workplace and community.

Trade unions are at the heart of the campaign and have a proud track record in standing up to the politics of hate promoted by the BNP and the EDL. We do this because we care about the communities in which we work and the people who live within them.

Recent history has shown us where hate can lead, from the violent disturbances in Oldham in 2001 to physical abuse on the streets of Barking & Dagenham in 2012.

We see the BNP and EDL’s dishonest blaming of minorities for the worlds ills as a cowardly substitute for challenging those with real power to address the genuine problems which we deal every day.

Trade Union members appreciate that the BNP and the EDL are not just enemies of those they hate – they are enemies of all workers.

The BNP talks about defending working people but it is only talk. It is unions who organise on the ground. If the BNP and their ilk, ever become mainstream, we believe extreme anti-union policies will result. The BNP hates unions with a vengeance. The EDL attacks union picket lines. We, on the other hand, will continue to represent all workers, irrespective of race or religion. That is, after all, what trade unionism is all about.

Together we can defeat extremism. Join Trade Union Friends of HOPE not hate

HnH produced this film for the National Union of Teachers that was played at their national conference in 2012. The NUT have supported the HOPE not hate campaign for several years and we are delighted to have made this film for them.


Them and Us

The politics of the BNP and other far-right parties stand in complete opposition to the values and beliefs of all decent trade unionists. You decide which values you most associate with.

Representing workers

BNP
The BNP would only represent white workers as they do not consider that non-whites can ever be British, even if they are born here. (Source: BNP constitution)

Us
Trade unions represent all workers at work, regardless of their race, religion or ethnic origin.

Taxation

BNP
The BNP would abolish income tax and in its place vastly increase VAT on expenditure. (Source: 2005 General Election manifesto)

Us
We support progressive taxation and income tax is a progressive tax, with the rate rising as income rises. The BNP proposal would penalise the less well off and help the wealthy.

Workplace discrimination

BNP
The BNP would abolish all laws against racial discrimination in employment and the government bodies associated with enforcing them. (Source: 2005 General Election manifesto)

Us
Trade unions totally oppose any discrimination and believe that laws to outlaw it are vital to ensure that people can work without fear of bullying and victimisation.

Women’s Rights

BNP
The BNP believe that women should stay at home rather than go out to work. (London Assembly member Richard Barnbrook on The Big Questions, BBC1, 8 February 2009))

Us
Trade unions have been tireless campaigners for women’s rights. Women should have just as much right to work as men.


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