Unison Scottish Ambulance Branch Stands in Solidarity with #MarchOnTheHomeOffice

As members of the Unison Scottish Ambulance Branch, we are dedicated to serving and protecting the health and well-being of all communities in Scotland, irrespective of their origin, race, religion, or status. We believe in the power of unity, compassion, and action to create a society that respects and upholds the dignity of every individual.

It is with this conviction that we announce our unwavering support for the #MarchOnTheHomeOffice taking place in Glasgow on Saturday, 16 March. This crucial demonstration, called by Stand Up to Racism (SUTR) and the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC), represents a vital stand against the rising tide of racism, Islamophobia, antisemitism, and governmental policies that threaten the fabric of our diverse and vibrant society.

The escalating mainstream government racism against refugees, asylum seekers, and migrants, coupled with the concerning advance of the far right both domestically and internationally, poses a profound threat not just to the targeted individuals but to the principles of justice and equality that underpin our democracy. The hateful rhetoric and actions endorsed by certain political figures and groups only serve to divide us and detract from the real issues that we face as a community.

As healthcare professionals, we witness the direct and indirect consequences of such divisive policies and ideologies on the health and mental well-being of those affected. We stand in solidarity with all those who seek refuge and a chance for a safer, more prosperous life in our country. We are committed to fostering an environment of inclusivity and support within our services and our communities.

In supporting the #MarchOnTheHomeOffice, we join a broader coalition of trade unions, anti-racist groups, and civil society organizations in sending a powerful message: racism and discrimination have no place in Scotland or anywhere else. We call on all our members to participate in the demonstration, to stand against hate, and to show that we are a community that values diversity, compassion, and human rights.

Furthermore, we recognize the importance of addressing and challenging institutional racism within all sectors, including our own. The tragic death of Sheku Bayoh and the subsequent public inquiry serve as a somber reminder of the work that still needs to be done to ensure justice and accountability.

The Unison Scottish Ambulance Branch commits to being an active part of the solution. We pledge to continue our efforts to educate, advocate, and stand up against racism in all its forms. We encourage our members and the wider community to join us in this critical demonstration of unity and resistance.

Together, we can make a difference. Together, we can build a society that truly welcomes refugees, opposes racism, and champions the cause of justice for all.

We look forward to standing shoulder to shoulder with you on 16 March at BBC Scotland, as we march towards the Home Office and beyond, in pursuit of a fairer, more inclusive world.

Link to all the information on the March, meeting place and travel

#MarchOnTheHomeOffice #UnityAgainstRacism #WelcomeRefugees

For more information on how to get involved and support, click here

A joint statement from STUC and SUTR Scotland can be found here