Tackling Racism at Work
About this Event: This TUC Congress fringe - in partnership with the TUC Black Members Committee - aims to build solidarity across the labour movement.
Mon, 14 September 2020
Marsha de Cordova MP
Patrick Roach - NASUWT General-Secretary
Sandra Kerr CBE - Director, Race Equality campaign, Business in the Community
Asad Rehman - Director, War on Want
Gloria Mills CBE - UNISON & Former TUC President
Dr Faiza Shaheen - Director, CLASS
Black Lives Matter has brought into sharp focus not just institutional racism in the police force, in Britain and America, but also the wider issues of systemic disadvantage and racial disparities suffered by people of colour across every area of life, including employment. Black and minority ethnic (BME) people remain more likely to be unemployed, to work in low wage jobs, and earn less over their lifetimes. This is true even where people have strong qualifications. If BME individuals enjoyed full participation across the labour market, including equitable progression, it is estimated this will benefit the economy by £24 billion a year, which represents 1.3% of GDP.
The TUC report ‘Dying on the job: Racism and risk at work’ highlighted the disproportionate impact the Covid-19 crisis has had on BME workers, inequalities that are compounded by the discrimination BME people face within workplaces.
How do workers and trade unions challenge racially discriminatory hiring and firing practices by bosses? How can white and BME workers unite and work together to tackle racial disparities in the labour market? What change should the labour movement be calling for from the government? And what more can trade unions do to become more diverse and inclusive?
This fringe - in partnership with the TUC Black Members Committee - aims to build solidarity across the labour movement with practical suggestions about how a progressive agenda can be better mainstreamed into trade union activities to more effectively challenge racism in the workplace and act positively where employers desire to 'do something' in the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests, but lack advice and ideas.
Please see the TUC report ‘Dying on the job: Racism and risk at work’ here.