A future for post-industrial communities?
posted by: John Page | on: Tuesday, 13 December 2016, 16:04
In the aftermath of both the Brexit vote and the election of Donald Trump, there is a new interest in what is happening in ‘post-industrial’ communities.
These are communities that a generation or more ago were thriving, where industry (coal, steel, manufacturing and the docks) provided well-paid jobs and the workforce believed that if they worked hard, they would be able to provide for their families, their children could get an education and would ‘get on in life’.
Very often these jobs have now gone and with them the networks that held the communities together. Some mainstream commentators appear surprised that in these areas, decades of decline and the loss of good jobs has led to an almost complete breakdown of trust in the political process.
HOPE not hate is therefore pleased to announce that we will be co-hosting a national conference on the issue of post-industrial communities with the Leeds University’s Centre for Employment Relations Innovation and Change (CERIC).
To register visit: https://goo.gl/forms/eZTdvP7CWpPEAPgv1
For people living in post-industrial communities, their concerns may be about jobs, housing and the uncertain future for their children, but they are also often worried about immigration, primarily because of its perceived impact on employment and wages, the impact of rapid demographic changes on their community and the effect of migrants on demands for already-stretched local services.
None of these concerns are themselves inherently racist, but there are plenty of racist organisations keen to exploit these fears.
These communities have more than their share of problems, and they have a right to be angry. But increasingly that anger is finding its outlet in the form of ‘finding someone to blame’ rather than organising to take effective action.
HOPE not hate has been working in these communities for years and one of our key objectives has been to builds sense of shared identity between different communities.
We are now determined to step up our work in these areas, and are in the process of building a wide coalition of groups (including faith groups, academics, community groups and trade unions) prepared to invest time and resources in supporting these communities, to help rebuild the networks that once existed but which have declined with the loss of industry.
HOPE not hate and CERIC will be bringing together academics, charities, community activists, trade unionists, and more, to discuss the problems facing these communities and the strategies that can deliver real change and build cross community solidarity.
To register interest to attend, or deliver a session, please visit: https://goo.gl/forms/eZTdvP7CWpPEAPgv1
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