Union savours BNP disarray

04 September 2009

ASLEF is taking particular satisfaction from the BNP’s disarray following its admission that its racist and discriminatory membership rules will have to be changed. The extreme right wing organisation will have to redraft its rules which currently ban people on ethnic grounds.

 

‘It is only a couple of years ago that this union was taken to court because we wanted to expel members of this thuggish party,’ says ASLEF general secretary Keith Norman. ‘We won that legal battle and secured the right of unions not to have as members people who opposed our policies of equal opportunity and dignity for all. We struck a blow for decency and against racism.

 

‘It’s very satisfying to see the alarm being caused within the BNP because the law now insists that they have to conform to the Race Relations Act because its rules are discriminatory. They particularly fear the forthcoming Equalities Act which will include clauses directly caused by the ASLEF legal victory in the European Court of Human Rights. ’

 

The BNP says it favours discrimination being enshrined in its rules ‘to secure a future for the true children of our islands’ and threatens the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) and the rest of the 'curs'’ with retaliatory legal action - but can’t currently find a reason to do so!

 

‘We were charged because we stood up for the rights of all people regardless of their race, creed, sexual orientation or gender. That was the right thing to do.

 

‘Today our vigorous defence is entirely justified as the BNP is taken to court for deliberately discriminating on the grounds of race.’

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