At Community’s Biennial Delegate Conference 2019, delegates voted to include tackling antisemitism into its equality and diversity training for reps.
Sixteen Community reps from across a variety of sectors throughout the UK took part in this three day course which included a presentation from guest speaker Mark Gardner – Director of Communications for Community Security Trust, who spoke about antisemitism and the increase in antisemitic incidents in the UK and the impact it is having on the Jewish community.
Community rep, Nigel Goodridge from Johnson Matthey said:
“I found the presentation on antisemitism really interesting as it gave me a real insight into an issue that I didn’t know a lot about. I was really surprised to hear some of the statistics around antisemitic incidents and it has really opened my eyes to the ongoing problem facing the Jewish community.”
Community’s Head of Equalities, Lauren Crowley, said :
“I’m pleased we have been able to progress this policy, passed by Community’s membership at Biennial Delegate Conference 2019, to include tackling antisemitism in our equality and diversity training for reps.
“We all know antisemitism and the far right are on the rise. It’s crucial unions show leadership and equip our members to tackle prejudice and intolerance in all of our communities.
“I’m especially pleased we have launched this in the week of World Holocaust Memorial Day 2020 and would like to thank the Community Security Trust for joining our members to deliver this training.”
The training also focused on developing awareness across a wide range of issues. The members on the course were able to gain the confidence to have open discussions in their own workplaces with their colleagues and employer around these important issues.
The course covered key issues facing members of equality groups, why it is a union issue and what is their role as a union rep, the Equality Act and how it impacts on them as an individual and those around them and how to promote equality and fairness in their workplace and the wider union.
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