We are One London (1)

Unite and TfL join forces in anti-hate campaign as hate crime rises on London buses

A new powerful film promoting a zero tolerance approach and encouraging people to report hate and racist crime on London’s buses is being launched today (Wednesday 16 October) after hate crime on the capital’s buses rose by 9.3 per cent in the year to March 2019 (see notes).

The film produced by London bus drivers’ union, Unite, in collaboration with Transport for London (TfL), celebrates the diversity of London’s 26,000 bus drivers and the six million passengers they carry a day under the banner of ‘Together we are one London.’

Featuring the mayor of London Sadiq Khan and timed to coincide with hate crime awareness week, the film is part of a major social media campaign targeted at Londoners which encourages people to report hate crime by texting 61016, calling 101 or in an emergency calling 999. 

Underpinning the film and the social media campaign is a joint statement from Unite and TfL (see notes). The film can be viewed and downloaded here.

Commenting Unite London and Eastern regional secretary Peter Kavanagh said: “Over 26,000 bus drivers from across the globe carry six million passengers from different backgrounds each day. This diversity makes London stronger and no one, either bus drivers or passengers, should be faced with racism or hate on our capital’s buses.

“With hate crime on the rise nationally and London’s buses seeing a 9.3 per cent rise, we would urge all Londoners to join Unite and Transport for London in taking a zero tolerance stand to hate crime and reporting it. Together we are one London and together we can drive hate from London’s transport network.”

Claire Mann, director of Bus Operations at TfL, said: “The capital’s bus drivers are fundamental to life in London. Our diverse driver workforce are critical to keeping millions of Londoners moving every day and are invaluable to the city’s transport network.

“Neither they, nor any customers, should be subjected to hate crime. We and Unite encourage all customers to stand together and report any crime that they witness or experience. This is why we are working closely with the police to tackle hate crime and support offenders being caught and brought to justice.”

ENDS

For more information journalists only please contact Alex Flynn Unite head of media and campaigns on 020 3371 2066 or 07967 665869 alex.flynn@unitetheunion.org

Twitter: @unitetheunion Facebook: unitetheunion1 Web: unitetheunion.org

 Notes to editors 

  • Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest union with members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey. 

The 9.3 per cent rise in hate crime on London buses occurred in the last financial year which runs from April 2018 to March 2019. The figures break down as follows:

Quarter 1 2018/19 – 247 incidents of hate crime

Quarter 2 2018/19 – 188 incidents of hate crime

Quarter 3 2018/19 – 296 incidents of hate crime

Quarter 4 2018/19 – 273 incidents of hate crime

Quarter 1 2019/20 – 270 incidents of hate crime

Quarter 1 to Quarter 1 change – 9.3 per cent

Unite and Transport for London joint statement

London is a world city, embracing different nationalities and people from all backgrounds. No more so is this reflected on the capital’s buses where over 26,000 drivers from across the globe keep London on the move 24 hours a day.

We are proud of this diversity. It is what makes London stronger and makes it the outward looking tolerant city we know and love. Together we pursue a zero tolerance approach towards racism and hate crime on London’s buses.

Intolerance and fear have no place on our capital’s buses. No one, either bus drivers or the 6 million passengers a day they carry should be subject to racism or hate.

Together we are one London.

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