Activities 2009

  • 10 October 2009
    Next EARN Seminar in Amsterdam
    On 10 October 2009 another
    EARN Seminar took place in Amsterdam.

  • 16 May 2009
    EARN Seminar in Amsterdam
    EARN organized another seminar for black unionists and employees. This seminar was a follow-up of the seminars in October 2008 and in January 2009.
  • 2 April 2009
    Research on impact European guideline race discrimination
    EARN was interviewed in the framework of a scientific research on the impact of the  European guidelines to combat race discrimination from 2000 (Article 13 of the Treaty of Amsterdam) on social partners in the 27 EU member states. This research was coordinated by the Working Lives Research Institute of the Metropolitan University in London.
  • 1 February 2009
    New EARN website
    For years the website of EARN was hosted by FNV Bondgenoten (under the web address Because of continuous  problems with the server there, EARN decided to host the website externally. Many thanks to the staff of FNV Bondgenoten for hosting the website free of charge and for the good cooperation over the years.
  • 31 January 2009
    EARN Seminar in Amsterdam
    Follow-up of the seminar of 11 October 2008 with the topics: (1) stop self-hatred and enhance the self esteem, (2) reporting point racism and organisation EARN, (3) leadership and Durban Review Conference, Geneve 20-24 April 2009
    Read the report (NB In Dutch only)


Activities 2008

  • 11 October 2008
    EARN Seminar in Amsterdam
    Topics: (1) support each other, (2) leadership: how can you support people in key positions?, (3) inferiority complex and self-hatred in the black community
    --> Read the report (NB In Dutch only) 

    Photo's EARN Seminar October 2008

  • April 2008
    EARN participates in the TUC Black Workers' Conference in Southport, UK
    Three EARN members participated in the annual meeting of the Black Workers' Conference, this year in Southport.
    --> Read the report (NB In Dutch only)

Activities 2007

  • 21 May 2007
    Radio interview Radio Sunshine
    On Monday 21 May 2007 EARN member Farouq Tareen was interviewed by Radio Sunshine. Topics of the interview were EARN and racism in the labour market
  • 2007 European Year of Equal Opportunities for All
    2007 was announced "European Year of Equal Opportunities for All” by the European Union. In order to carry out activities in view of this occasion it was possible to apply for grants by the
    Agentschap SZW. Due to lack of manpower EARN had to disregard this possibility. An overview of the projects that received support can be found on the website of the Agentschap SZW. 

Activities 2006

  • October 2006
    Article in SER bulletin
    Title of the article: "Social partners in a multicultural Holland – part 1: We are a much too white organisation” (In Dutch: “Sociale partners in een multicultureel Nederland - deel 1: We zijn een veel te witte organisatie”)
    --> Read the article (NB In Dutch only)
  • 30 - 31 October 2006
    EARN visits closing meeting GET-In Project: "Guide to Equal Treatment IN the Private Sector"
    EARN participated in the closing meeting of the GET-In Project in Cologne/Germany. The project tackles discrimination in the ‘private sector’, especially in the business and the financial sector (for example discrimination in the granting of mortgages, so called 'area code discrimination')
  • 28 September - 1 October 2006
    EARN received SOLID training in Budapest/Hungary
    More information on the SOLID website (Strategies on litigation tackling discrimination in EU countries)
  • July 2006
    EARN article in ENARgy: "The Role of Trade Unions in Addressing Institutional Racism"
    ENARgy is the magazine of ENAR, an EU-wide network of organisations working to combat racism. The article was written by EARN in response to the way trade unions in Europe deal with the topic of ‘racism’ and what the unions do for their black members.
    --> Read the article (pp 12-13, NB In Dutch only)
  • 13 May 2006
    EARN Seminar in Amsterdam
    Topic of the seminar were the results of the LBR/EARN-research What happens after having complained about racism at the workplace... ?” Black and migrant trade unionists of all FNV unions were invited.
    Read the report (NB In Dutch only)
  • 10 May 2006

    Presentation research report “What happens after having complained about racism at the workplace... ?”

    On 10 May 2006 at the office of the National Bureau against Racial Discrimination (LBR, now Art.1) in Rotterdam the research report was presented to the press and to the public.
  • 7 - 9 April 2006
    TUC Black Workers Conference Eastbourne
    EARN members Rita Mungra, Jerry Chintoe, Farouq Tareen and Kenneth Cuvalay participated in the Black Workers' Conference of the TUC (Trade Union Congress) in Eastbourne. The topic of this edition of the Black Workers' Conference was the position of women in the labour market.
    --> Read the report (NB In Dutch only)
  • 24 March 2006
    Open letter Verdonk
    During the action week within the scope  of March 21, the international day against racism, EARN sent an open letter to minister Verdonk. In the letter a number of obstructions black Dutch people experience with the integration/participation in society was listed. These obstructions are caused by the attitude of many white Dutch and EARN calls on the minister to take action against this.  
  • 7 March 2006
    EARN members elected local council members
    Two EARN members were elected onto the local councils of their home town: Rita Mungra onto the Parish council for the Dutch Labour Party and Mohammed Mdaghri was re-elected onto the local council Huizen for the GroenLinks party (GreenLeft). EARN member Iwan Leeuwin was announced member of the Orde van Oranje Nassau. He received this distinction for his achievements as member of the council in Diemen during a period of twelve years.

Activities 2005

  • 20 November 2005
    5th anniversary of EARN!
    The first ideas for the formation of an Anti-Racism Network were developed amongst black trade unionists during a TIE conference in Cologne/Germany in March 2000.
    A special edition of the EARN newsletter and a factsheet on the topic of institutional racism were published as a tribute to the fifth anniversary.
    --> Read more about the foundation phase of EARN
  • 18 November 2005
    Parliamentary paper on criminal prosecution for racism and discrimination in the labour market
    In the context of a committee meeting on December 1st about the criminal prosecution for discrimination and racism in the labour market, EARN sent a letter to the standing committee for Social Affairs and Employment
    of the Dutch House of Representatives.
  • 14 November 2005
    Brainstorming intersectional discrimination with ENAR in Brussels
    Four EARN members participated in a brainstorming with
    ENAR, an EU-wide network of organisations working to combat racism. Topic of the meeting was intersectional discrimination: discrimination on multiple grounds at the same time (for example on ethnic origin as well as gender). Legislation in the EU countries is hardly fitted to prevent multiple discrimination.
  • 24 April 2005
    Debate "After October 2: What next with the union movement?”
    The debate was part of the Marxism Festival 2005 (April 22-24, 2005 in Amsterdam). Niek Stam (FNV Bondgenoten / De Maat Is Vol), Wim Bermond (action committee fire department Amsterdam), Kenneth Cuvalay (coordinator EARN) and Bart Griffioen (International Socialists) participated in the debate.
  • 15 - 17 April 2005
    TUC Black Workers' Conference Southport, UK
    Once again EARN participated in the
    Black Workers' Conference of the TUC (Trade Union Congress). EARN-members Rita Mungra, Jerry Chintoe and Kenneth Cuvalay participated in the conference which was held in Southport, UK.
  • 24 March 2005
    MTNL Magazine
    EARN-member Rita Mungra appeared as a guest in the studio of the regional television station
    MTNL (Multicultural Television Netherlands). Amongst other things the conversation was about discrimination and racism at the workplace.
  • 27 February 2005
    Rhythm Against Racism festival
    During the
    Rhythm Against Racism festival in the debate on Sunday afternoon EARN members Rita Mungra and Farouq Tareen called attention to the fact that racism does not affect only Muslims, but other ethnic communities in the Netherlands too. Also they passed a comment on the behaviour of several  'prominent Dutch' who all of a sudden condemn racism while it is not a new phenomenon in the community.
  • 27 January 2005
    Work conference on the future of the trade union
    The topic of the conference was “How to go on with the representation?”. 75 representatives of unions, employers, works councils, research and government were invited by Evert Smit (Basis&Beleid) and Keimpe Schilstra (FNV Bondgenoten) and came to Kasteel Kerckebosch in Zeist, The Netherlands in order to discuss the future of trade unions. EARN coordinator Kenneth Cuvalay was present. Book based on the conference: Strategische keuzes in de belangenbehartiging van werknemers, Keimpe Schilstra & Evert Smit. - Amsterdam: Aksant, 2005. - ISBN 90 5260 1461

Activities 2004

  • 26 - 28 November 2004
    Dutch Social Forum
    On 26, 27, and 28 November 2004 the first Dutch Social Forum took place in Amsterdam.
    EARN coordinator Kenneth Cuvalay was present.
  • 3 October 2004
    Television programme Meeting Point (NMO)
    EARN participated in the television programme Meeting Point of the Dutch Muslim Broadcasting Organisation (NMO). Three EARN members (Gunay Kokulu, Mohammed Mdaghri, Kenneth Cuvalay) were present and discussed about racism and discrimination at the workplace.
  • 27 May 2004
    Publication of a Reader about Article 13 (in Dutch: "Artikel 13: van verdrag naar praktijk")
    Published in consequence of the workshop about Article 13 of The Treaty of  Amsterdam at the FNV study day ‘A workplace without racism’ (In Dutch: 'Een werkvloer zonder racisme'). The study day was cancelled because of lack of interest within the organisations of the various FNV unions.  
    --> Read the press release (NB In Dutch Only)
    --> Read the Reader (NB In Dutch Only)
  • 15 May 2004
    EARN Seminar in Amsterdam
    Topic of the seminar: 'Is there a future for black unionists within the trade union?'. Unionists discussed with each other about particular subjects in relation to Europe, the fight against racism and the role of the union movement.
  • 23 - 25 April 2004
    TUC Black Workers' Conference in Torquay, UK
    Three EARN members participated in the annual Black Workers' Conference of the  Trades Union Congress (TUC), a federation of trade unions in the United Kingdom.
    --> Read the report (NB In Dutch only)
  • April 2004
    Letter to Dutch House of Representatives on National Action plan Racism
    In April 2004 EARN sent a letter to the standing committee for Justice of the Dutch House of Representatives in order to pass her criticism on the National Action plan against Racism
  • 26 February 2004
    EARN writes letter to chair ABVAKABO FNV
    EARN sent a letter to ABVAKABO FNV chair Guus van Huygevoort. The letter is a reaction on the column by Van Huygevoort in the ABVAKABO magazine, where he asks himself why migrants do not integrate in the unions.
  • 8 February 2004
    Television debate on integration
    Two EARN members took part in a television debate of broadcasting company OHM on integration in relation to (especially) the Hindu community.
  • 31 January 2004
    Seminar Black Workers for Justice - Europe in London
    On 31 January 2004 EARN participated in the seminar of her sister organisation Black Workers for Justice – Europe in the United Kingdom. The topic of this seminar was 'Building the Black Solidarity UK Network'. 

Activities 2003

  • 22 December, 2003
    Television broadcast MTNL
    On 22 December 2003 three EARN-members were interviewed by the regional television station MTNL (Multicultural Television Netherlands). EARN passed criticism on the release of 'Tien geboden voor de vakbeweging' (Ten commandments for the union movement) by Paul de Beer (Amsterdam University Press, 2004).
  • 15 December 2003
    3e National Round table conference
    On 15 December 2003 EARN took part in the third National Roundtable conference of the EUMC. Main subject of the conference was 'The role of Europe in the fight against racial discrimination in the Netherlands'
    --> Read the report (NB In Dutch only)
  • 16 - 19 October 2003
    Participation in Women’s conference Atlanta, US
    From October 16th to 19th EARN took part in the Southern International Working Women’s Conference in Atlanta, US. Objective of the conference: “To bring women together, to educate ourselves and deepen our analysis of globalization and worker’s rights, and to strengthen the leadership of women in all facets of life, including environmental justice.”
  • 17 and 18 July 2003
    Presentation at students conference UK
    On July 17th and 18th EARN gave a presentation on the Face to Face-conference (July 13th to 20th) organised by pupil of the Michael Hall School in Forest Row, UK.
  • 8 July 2003
    Public Hearing Article 13 Brussels, Belgium
    On July 8th EARN was present at the 'Public Hearing' in the European Parliament in Brussels about the introduction of Article 13 in the different countries of the European Union. This meeting was organised by members of parliament
    Claude Moraes in co-operation with ENAR. The results of the Public Hearing are available at the ENAR website (click on the English version of the website links in the menu on top of the 'breaking news' and go then to the news of 08-07-2003). EARN published a Factsheet on Article 13 (NB In Dutch only) with explanations and background information.
  • 22 June 2003
    Readers conference Solidariteit
    On June 22nd EARN gave a lecture at the Readers conference of Solidariteit (Engl: Solidarity). Subject of the conference was 'Migration / Integration'. On the website of Solidariteit you can find an interview with EARN and a report of the conference.
  • 19 juni 2003
    Meeting Green Left Europe
    EARN was present at the meeting on the combat against race discrimination by Brussels (in Dutch: “Het grootste gelijk van Europa: Brussel pakt rassendiscriminatie stevig aan”) organized by Green Left Europe. Speakers were Kathalijne Buitenweg, member of the European Parliament for Green Leftand  Dick Houtzager, legal advisor
    National Bureau against Racial Discrimination (LBR, now Art. 1).
  • Spring 2003
    National Actionplan against Racism
    EARN contributed to the preparation of the National Action plan against Racism (NAP/NL) that is worked out with reference to the World conference against Racism in Durban, South-Africa 2001. More information can be found on the website of the LBR (now Art.1 ).
  • 22 March 2003
    Workshop at annual FNV day
    On March 22nd 2003 we facilitated a workshop on institutional racism at the annual FNV day for ethnic minorities.
    --> Read the report (NB In Dutch only)

Activities 2002

  • 1 - 3 November 2002
    EARN Conference, Egmond/The Netherlands
    On November 1st, 2nd and 3rd 2002 we organised an European Anti-Racism Network Conference.
  • Over the last two years we made a start in setting up a network of black and migrant trade unionists of trade unions from different European countries.
  • We continue our contacts by participating in the yearly Black Workers' Conference of the British trade union federation TUC
  • May 2002
    Letter action elections
    Before the latest elections by the means of a letter action we called upon the trade unions and the FNV federation to take their social responsibility. This action was carried out taking account of the electoral victories of (extreme) right wing parties in The Netherlands and in many European countries during the Dutch campaign and because the public opinion on the black and migrant issue was stirred up. Furthermore, political parties were approached with the question to explain their standpoint on the fight against racism.
  • 21 March 2002
    Workshop theme day AbvaKabo FNV
    On 21 March 2002 (21 March is the International Day Against Racism) EARN facilitated a workshop during the theme day "Migrants and Networking" of the AbvaKabo trade union. The objective of the workshop was for the participants to gain insight in the difference between institutional racism and day-to-day racism.
    --> Read the report (NB In Dutch only) 

 Activities 2001

  • 26 – 29 April 2001
    EARN members participate in Black Workers' Conference in Perth, Scotland
    --> Read the report (NB in Dutch only)
  • In co-operation with the Dutch Federation (FNV) we submitted an application for the European EQUAL fund. The objective of this project was to develop practical instruments that black and migrant workers can use at the workplace in the fight against discrimination and (institutional) racism. However, the Dutch Federation (FNV) changed the application drastically without our knowledge. The application was later rejected; An adapted version of our original EQUAL-proposal was presented to the AbvaKabo FNV. At present the possibilities for carrying out the project within AbvaKabo are reviewed;
  • With the LBR we worked together in a research on codes of conduct
    --> Continue reading (NB in Dutch only)
  • Due to the influence of EARN, more black an migrant trade unionists have been reintegrated in the Contact Committee Ethnic Minorities (CCEM) and for the participation of black and migrant trade unionists in the preparations of the FNV national day for ethnic minorities.



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