Global Union Challenges Invitation Of British National Party to White Supremacist Conference
Union Urges U.S. Hotel to Reconsider Hosting Meeting
Leaders of the largest trade unions in the United States, United Kingdom, Ireland, Caribbean and Canada are protesting the decision of a large hotel chain to host a conference where the leader of the far right British National Party (BNP) Nick Griffin is scheduled to speak.
In a letter sent this week to the Westin Hotel, Workers Uniting expresses deep anger about the decision to allow an individual whose views are so offensive to so many to address a white supremacist conference on its premises.
The Westin Hotel chain has over 160 hotels and resorts worldwide. Workers Uniting, the worldÂs first global union representing more than three million working people is a partnership between Unite from the United Kingdom and the United Steelworkers (USW) from the United States, Caribbean and Canada.
Unite General Secretaries Derek Simpson and Tony Woodley and USW International President Leo Gerard say in the letter: ÂWorkers Uniting is appalled that the Westin would allow an individual whose views are so offensive and abhorrent to many to hold a public address on its premises.
ÂYou should be aware that (in the UK) a court order was made against the BNP on the grounds that their membership requirements discriminated on grounds of, among other things, race. In 1996, Griffin received a nine-month prison sentence (suspended for two years) after being found guilty of distributing material likely to incite racial hatred. As well as this, Griffin is reported to have referred to the Holocaust as the 'Holohoax'.Â
Simpson, Woodley and Gerard are urging the hotel management to reconsider their decision in order to avoid serious reputational damage to their business. For the full text of the letter, visit www.workersuniting.org or click here.
The leader of the British National Party, Nick Griffin, is due to be the keynote speaker at the ÂAmerican RenaissanceÂ conference February 19 -21. The conference is scheduled to be at The Westin Washington Dulles Airport, 2520 Wasser Terrace, Herndon, Va. 20171.
The USW represents 850,000 workers in the U.S. and Canada employed in the industries of metals, rubber, chemicals, paper, oil refining and the service sector. For more information:www.usw.org/.
Unite is the UKs biggest union with over two million members. Unite represents working people in manufacturing, banking and insurance, healthcare and science, and the voluntary sector. For more information: http://www.amicustheunion.org/.
Contacts: Saba Mozakka, Unite, London, 020 7420 8916, firstname.lastname@example.org
Connie Mabin, USW, U.S.A., 412-562-2616, email@example.com