Unite has launched its Unity over Division campaign in response to the rise of the far right in Britain and across Europe.

Far right political parties and groups are trying to gain a foothold in our communities. They are using people’s unhappiness at the loss of services and affordable housing to try to divide our communities and set neighbour against neighbour.

At a time of many years of failed Tory austerity, the longest pay squeeze for decades, increasingly insecure work and our NHS stretched to breaking point, these groups are diverting working class anger away from the real issues and twisting people’s pride in their country.

The far right has no answers other than blaming minorities and diverting anger to spread hatred and division. This is why Unite and other trade unions are stepping up to the challenge of the rise of the far right.

We’ve mobilised for protests against the far right in towns and cities across the country, and are developing an education programme to take to our shop stewards and workplaces to counter the far right’s lies.

The parties and groups who claim they alone are concerned about working class communities use the language of hate and division.

We all know there are problems in our communities and wider society, but scapegoating any particular group serves no purpose. It just distracts us from the real causes of our problems.

We must not allow these parties to divide us and allow hatred to thrive. All our lives are better if we respect each other and work together to make our communities, and society, better.

Let’s celebrate what we have in common and respect our differences. Let’s reject hatred in favour of hope. Because we are the many, and those that seek to divide us are the few.

For more information about the campaign contact community@unitetheunion.org