Coventry #UNISON wholeheartedly supports @caragcoventry and others protesting in Solihull today. Currently, anyone who is waiting for a final decision on their application to live in the UK can be required to regularly travel to “sign on” at an Immigration Reporting Centre. Every appointment carries the risk of being randomly taken to a detention centre. These conditions amount to unfair, unjust and unnecessary harassment of migrants, and it has to stop!
UNISON believes the Hostile Environment in the UK has led to a climate in which racism can grow and in which the government has encouraged people to scapegoat others as a distraction from the real cause of problems we face in our working and personal lives. As public service staff representatives we believe all those seeking to live in the UK should be able to participate fully.
We support the right to work and receive training for people seeking legal status and asylum. During the COVID pandemic we need the valuable skills and knowledge that people new to the UK can offer to help with the NHS, housing, education and other vital public services. We believe trade unionists can and should ensure we offer full solidarity to everyone at the sharp end of the hostile environment.
All our best wishes for today’s protest and do keep us in the loop about how we can continue to support your campaign activities.
Coventry City UNISON (trade union)