Far-right extremism is on the rise in Britain. Hate speech spreads unchecked online, and acts of far-right terrorism have rocketed. In our communities, in our elections and in everyday conversation, far-right mouthpieces are doing their best to spread their hateful message.
Tackling the far-right seems like too difficult a task for one person.
Where do you start? Can you alone make a difference? What can you actually do?
But unions have stronger weapons than the far-right — solidarity, trust, and of course, our union reps and activists. Together we can keep our workplaces hate-free.
There is a TUC Education e-note to help you do just that.
This short online course introduces the big issues and challenges. It identifies who the far-right are, how they get their messages out and how we can stop them.
Let’s not pretend this is easy – it might mean having difficult conversations with colleagues or having to campaign.
You can access the e-note here. Tackling the far right – e-note
Once you’ve completed it, please consider what you can do next to help tackle the far-right. This might include:
- Encouraging fellow reps, or colleagues to take part
- Discussing the issues raised at your labour movement meetings and agree an action plan
- Sharing the e-note with fellow progressive networks
- If you aren’t already, become a union member. If you are, consider becoming a rep.
The far-right love to exploit issues to divide our communities. As trade unionists, we cannot allow them a free pass on this.
Our history has shown us that when we stand together, we can defeat this hate.