United Left meeting – Disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on black workers

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The United Left, the left in Unite the Union held a well-attended online meeting on this extremely important issue on Sunday 24 May.

COVID-19 continues to rampage across the globe. It is clear that, while biologically the virus may not discriminate, it is affecting people from ethnic minorities disproportionately. Chronic overcrowding, insecure work and lack of access to green spaces are among the issues identified. In other words, the virus is hitting people harder not because it can see their race but because “racialised” people – those who are categorised by societies as black or brown – are more vulnerable. The people getting ill and dying are mostly poor, in low-paid jobs, in front-line services, and disproportionately BAEM. 

United Left, the left group in Unite the union, brought together a group of experienced speakers, in a Zoom conference to discuss the shockingly disproportionate impact of Covid-19 upon the BAEM communities. 


  • Zarah Sultana, MP for Coventry South 
  • David Agbley, Unite Executive Council member and Health Sector worker
  • Susan Matthews, Unite Executive Council rep for Black members 
  • Paresh Patel, Unite East Midlands Regional Secretary
  • Professor Cecile Wright, United Left NCC and Vice Chair Momentum 

Chair: Kingsley Abrams, UL National Equalities Officer.