Unite Oral History Project - Tan Rashid

Author: Adam Heppell

Date: Wednesday 28th April 2021

Meet Abdul ‘Tan’ Rashid, a bus driver from Middleborough, and a Unite Equalities Rep.

In these illuminating podcasts, Tan recalls his experiences of racism growing up as a Muslim on Teesside, and how he drew strength from those around him.

Tan describes his role as an equalities rep at Unite, the importance of training, and how he has successfully helped members with their mental health and more.

He talks of how and why he got involved in various regional and national committees, including Black Asian Ethnic Minority (BAEM) and passenger transport, plus his work within the Labour Party.

Tan describes a rise of racism at the time of the Brexit referendum and its impact at work. He speaks of the role of the media and the importance of supporting victims of racial abuse.

As a member of Teesside Stand Up to Racism, Tan has helped to organise counter-protesters to right-wing demonstrations.

Tan also speaks of his admiration for BAEM activists whose footsteps he is following, including retired bus driver Mohammad Taj, who in 2013 became the first South Asian-born President of the TUC.

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