The TUC and Stand up to racism have called for unions to engage in a week of action to strengthen workplace anti-racist campaigning and to mark the one year anniversary of the murder of George Floyd.

In response to this request, the CWU NEC discussed and unanimously agreed a document that set out our own plan to launch a CWU public statement calling out racism and setting out our values as an organisation.

A copy of the statement is attached and this will be made available online and will be produced as a public statement for our own members and those from the wider movement to sign.  Importantly, this approach offers us a foundation to build upon as a commitment to a broader anti-racism strategy, rather than simply a one-off action.

The statement also commits the union to developing new approaches that will focus on bringing our members together and uniting working people.

The CWU statement will be released tomorrow online and a link to this will be sent out soon.  This will serve as a starting point for our ongoing work and we ask that Branches engage with this process and urge as many members to sign the statement as possible.

Yours sincerely,

Dave Ward

General Secretary             

Kate Hudson

Head of Equality, Education & Development



The values of a trade union bridge every divide and the CWU is a strong anti-racist organisation. 

We deliver change together, we win ballots together, we take on employers together, and we will confront racism together.  

Our priority is to unite working people by recognising that we share far more in common with one another than we do with those who seek to exploit and divide us.

The signatories of this statement commit to:

  • Calling out and challenging racism wherever we see it, in wider society or the workplace
  • Uniting working people, by being open to new effective approaches, including practical steps that tackle racism and all forms of injustice through the power of our collective strength
  • Promoting this statement to colleagues, friends and family – urging them to show their support.

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