Ban BNP members from working in public sector, say unions

Unions today called for a ban on members of far right parties such as the BNP working in the public sector.

The call to bar British National party members from working in public services came as unions vowed to mobilise against the threat of fascism. Delegates at the TUC conference in Liverpool unanimously backed the call for urgent talks with the government about extending the current ban on BNP members working in the police and prison services. Janice Godrich, deputy general secretary of the Public and Commercial Services Union, said the “BNP’s message of hate and fear” stood in stark contrast to the values of equality and access for all on which public services were based.

“It is not acceptable that you can be a fascist at weekends, yet work between Monday and Friday accessing confidential information of members of the public,” she said.

Tim Wilson, of the National Association of Probation Officers, said it was “wrong” that BNP members could work in the profession.

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