Commenting on a report published today (Wednesday) by the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities, TUC Regional Secretary Bill Adams said:
“Institutional and structural racism exists in the UK, in both the labour market and wider society.
“Black and Minority Ethnic workers are far more likely than White workers to be in low-paid, insecure jobs – such as temporary and agency jobs or zero hours contracts. And Black and Minority Ethnic workers have been far more likely to be exposed to Covid infection and far more likely to die – because they are far more likely to be in frontline roles.
“This is institutional racism. And it traps too many Black and Minority Ethnic workers in poverty, insecurity and low pay.
“We hoped that the Commission would recommend action to stamp out insecure work and make employers act to close their ethnicity pay gaps.
“Instead, the Commission has chosen to deny the experiences of Black and Minority Ethnic workers and be complacent about Yorkshire and the UK’s progress towards being an anti-racist society.
“The TUC calls on politicians in Yorkshire of all parties to stand with Black and Minority Ethnic workers and commit to ending institutional racism in the UK labour market and society – starting with bringing in mandatory ethnicity pay gap action plans and banning zero hours contracts.”
- The TUC has launched an anti-racism task force, chaired by NASUWT General Secretary Dr Patrick Roach, to tackle the structural racism within the labour market – and wider society. The task force will lead the trade union movement’s renewed campaign against racism at work. It will engage with Black workers across the UK to hear about their experiences. And it will produce recommendations on tackling structural racism in the UK, in workplaces and in unions themselves. To read Dr Patrick Roach’s blog about the purpose and aims of the TUC’s anti-racism task force please visit: www.tuc.org.uk/blogs/change-coming-why-im-chairing-tucs-new-anti-racism-task-force
- Evidence of institutional racism in the UK labour market
For more information on the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities please visit: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/commission-on-race-and-ethnic-disparities
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