No Borders: Migrant Workers Organise Against Racism
Updated: Apr 4
The Industrial Workers of the World Ireland Branch participated in today's community demonstration at Lifford Bridge, on the Tyrone/Donegal border which marked International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
The event itself, organised by the North West Migrants Forum, saw a number of speakers from several community and non aligned groups highlight an invisible racist hard border in the island of Ireland.
A spokesperson for the IWW Ireland Branch said following today's border protest that, "It was important for ourselves as a union to take part in today's event. To show support and solidarity at a time when migrant workers face increased racist targeting from the state itself and those many different agencies designed to control and maintain these borders.
"Today’s action helps to highlight the ongoing fight by migrant workers throughout the country plus the need for greater solidarity to effectively challenge the racist policies currently in place. The wider trade movement must not remain silent whilst workers are subjected to this injustice. As can be seen by our banners Migrant rights are workers rights.
"Migrant workers and migrant communities need more support and solidarity and today's event should be something to build on. It can't be left up to those in Stormont, Westminster or the Dáil who seem to have no issues with continuing racist policies that target migrant workers."