Trades Union Congress – Hate Crime and Austerity

The government’s austerity programme is reshaping the welfare state through cuts in benefits and the privatisation of public services including health, education and drastically reduced state support. The impact of benefit cuts and of the associated campaign of demonization of disabled people, the unemployed, migrants, asylum seekers and other vulnerable groups has been catastrophic.  Crimes motivated by hate have wider and deeper roots, but austerity has made the problems worse.

This seminar will examine what trade unions should be doing to respond to hate crime in the workplace and wider society and discuss how trade unions can work with other organisations that are campaigning against and supporting the victims of hate crime.

Chair:  Sarah Veale (Head of Equality and Employment Rights, TUC)


  • Nick Antjoule (Galop)
  • Stephen Brooks (Disability Hate Crime Network)
  • Estelle du Boulay (Director, Newham Monitoring Project) (TBC)
  • Dr Julia Long (Feminist and Activist)

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