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Advice to members facing hate crime abuse

29 June 2016

TSSA urges members to offer solidarity and support to neighbours, friends and colleagues who may be in the firing line of post-Brexit racial abuse and for members who face such abuse not to suffer in silence.

The recent EU referendum has seen a notable increase in reported hate crime. The national press and social media have since the referendum result was known, been widely reporting alarming attacks targeting immigrant communities and their families, most notably the Polish community. Many TSSA members will be ashamed by their compatriots who engage in such behaviour and should be encouraged to offer their solidarity and support to those neighbours and friends who find themselves in the firing line.
Many TSSA members also have to deal with the general public in their day to day employment and it would be irrational to believe that somehow all will manage to avoid having hate abuse being directed either at themselves or at a colleague.
If you are subjected to, or witness any kind of racial abuse or have concerns about your safety at work as a result of the threat of such abuse, you should report this immediately to your line manager. Racial abuse is considered gross misconduct, so employers are required to take all complaints seriously.
If, however, you are not satisfied with the way your complaint has been dealt with, you should raise it with your TSSA staff representative or Health & Safety Rep, who will be able to help. Members can also contact the TSSA Freephone Helpdesk on 0800 328 2673 for advice and support.
Whatever you do, don’t suffer in silence.

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