Frances O’Grady says media should expose how communities are suffering from the shocking impact of low wages, lousy contracts and cuts to services

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The TUC is today supporting the call of community groups, unions and residents in the Southampton Communities Alliance for the documentary Immigration Street, due to be screened on Tuesday by Channel 4, to be cancelled.

Due to campaigning the documentary has already been reduced from six episodes to one.

Filmed in Derby Road, Southampton, Immigration Street has been produced by the same company that made Benefits Street, Love Productions. The Southampton Communities Alliance has been campaigning for over six months for the show to be cancelled due to fears the programme will represent the local area negatively, stigmatising residents.

Residents have so far been denied access to the footage of the programme by Channel 4.

TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Channel 4 needs to respect the views of the Southampton community and cancel Immigration Street.

“The show looks set to encourage social division and hostility towards migrants and the black, minority and ethnic community. Instead of such irresponsible broadcasting, the media should expose how communities are suffering from the shocking impact of low wages, lousy contracts and cuts to services.”


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