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'Darcus Howe set the standard', says TUC General Secretary

FIREBRAND: Darcus Howe in 1981

A NEW opinion poll released today (Friday) by Opinium shows the majority of ethnic minority people in the UK (52%) think the UK has become less tolerant since the Brexit vote.

This follows the poll conducted by the Trades Union Congress (TUC) and research company ICM, which was released last month. The poll showed that over a third (34%) of black, Asian and minority ethnic people (BAME) witnessed or experienced racial abuse in the months after the Brexit vote.

The TUC/ICM poll also showed that:

* 1 in 5 BAME people (19%) have suffered or witnessed racial assault

* 2 in 5 (41%) have heard racist remarks or opinions

* 2 in 5 people (38%) have seen racist material online

* 1 in 4 (27%) have seen racist graffiti, posters or leaflets.

TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:

“This is further evidence that Brexit has given racism a shot in the arm. Discrimination has never gone away, but since the referendum racism has been on the rise.

“It’s time for the Government to act. Employers should be held accountable for staff abused by members of the public, and employment tribunal fees should be dropped.

“I’d encourage anyone who has been harassed or mistreated at work to talk to their union rep or join a trade union. And we all have a responsibility to call out racist harassment wherever we see it.”

Over 200 delegates will attend the TUC Black Workers’ Conference this weekend. The conference will discuss issues relating to race, debate motions, and pay tribute to the life and achievements of the late campaigner Darcus Howe.

REMEMBERING: Frances O'Grady, General Secretary of the Trades Union Congress (TUC)

Commenting on the passing of Darcus Howe, Frances O’Grady added:

“Darcus Howe’s activism on behalf of the UK’s black community set the standard for all those who fought and demanded a better British society.

“As a journalist and broadcaster, his wit and intelligence gave no quarter to those in society who sought to divide or discriminate.

“Darcus will be sorely missed and he leaves behind many friends who will strive to continue his legacy of challenge and change.”

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