LRD Booklets November 2020

Tackling racism and inequality - a trade union guide

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Introduction [pages 3-4] (591 words)

The dramatic events of 2020 have brought a new awareness to many of the wide-ranging racial inequalities in our society. The global coverage of the ...
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Chapter 1

1. Why the need for action? [ch 1: page 5] (125 words)

Despite the development in Britain of a legal framework designed to protect people from unfair treatment because of their race, Black, Asian and ...
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Unemployment [ch 1: page 5] (147 words)

Job insecurity [ch 1: pages 5-6] (179 words)

Pay inequality [ch 1: page 6] (189 words)

Covid inequality [ch 1: page 7] (248 words)

Chapter 2

2. Legal tools for tackling race discrimination [ch 2: page 8] (194 words)

The main general legislation in England, Scotland and Wales that protects people from race discrimination and provides for race equality in the ...
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Who does EA 10 protect? [ch 2: pages 8-9] (346 words)

Types of discrimination under EA 10 [ch 2: pages 9-10] (373 words)

Positive action [ch 2: pages 10-11] (231 words)

Public Sector Equality Duty [ch 2: pages 11-13] (852 words)

PSED — opportunities for unions [ch 2: page 14] (47 words)

Assessing equality impact [ch 2: page 14] (245 words)

Practical examples [ch 2: pages 14-15] (504 words)

Chapter 3

3. Workplace policies and action plans [ch 3: page 16] (51 words)

A basic starting point for action to combat race inequality at work is to get the employer to establish an equal opportunities policy containing a ...
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Equality policies [ch 3: pages 16-17] (354 words)

Developing a policy [ch 3: pages 17-19] (790 words)

Training on race bias [ch 3: page 19] (214 words)

Setting out an action plan [ch 3: pages 19-20] (391 words)

Listening to BAME voices [ch 3: pages 20-21] (389 words)

Workforce ethnicity monitoring [ch 3: pages 21-23] (815 words)

NHS ethnic monitoring exercise [ch 3: page 24] (225 words)

UNISON’s model equality and diversity policy [ch 3: pages 24-27] (1,080 words)

Chapter 4

4. Equality in recruitment [ch 4: page 28] (215 words)

As outlined in Chapter 1, BAME people are less likely to be in work and to be in good jobs than white people. With a few narrow exceptions, they are ...
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Ensuring BAME people have opportunities [ch 4: page 28] (179 words)

Job ads [ch 4: pages 28-29] (176 words)

Taking positive action [ch 4: pages 29-30] (474 words)

Job descriptions [ch 4: page 30] (162 words)

The selection process [ch 4: page 31] (312 words)

Immigration checks [ch 4: pages 31-32] (321 words)

Chapter 5

5. Equality in employment [ch 5: page 33] (245 words)

There is systemic pay bias in the UK workforce, and some groups of BAME workers experience substantial pay disadvantages compared with white workers, ...
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Ethnicity pay audits [ch 5: pages 33-35] (816 words)

Collecting employee ethnicity data [ch 5: pages 35-36] (295 words)

Audit reports and action plans [ch 5: page 36] (329 words)

Career progression [ch 5: page 37] (416 words)

Encouraging under-represented groups [ch 5: pages 38-39] (492 words)

Access to training [ch 5: page 39] (136 words)

Staff appraisals and performance management [ch 5: pages 39-41] (681 words)

Disciplinary proceedings and dismissals [ch 5: pages 41-43] (863 words)

Inclusive workplace practices [ch 5: page 43] (182 words)

Extended leave [ch 5: pages 43-44] (354 words)

Language [ch 5: page 44] (204 words)

Religious observance [ch 5: page 45] (267 words)

Food [ch 5: page 45] (164 words)

Dress codes [ch 5: page 46] (262 words)

Social events [ch 5: page 46] (83 words)

Specific health issues [ch 5: pages 46-47] (247 words)

Chapter 6

6. Dealing with racism, harassment and abuse [ch 6: page 48] (224 words)

Over and over again, surveys show that racist harassment, bullying and abuse is alive and kicking in UK workplaces. ...
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What constitutes harassment or bullying? [ch 6: pages 48-49] (406 words)

Employer policies [ch 6: pages 49-51] (893 words)

The union role [ch 6: pages 52-52] (398 words)

Understanding racism [ch 6: pages 52-53] (269 words)

Unconscious bias training (UBT) [ch 6: pages 53-54] (266 words)

Allyship training [ch 6: page 54] (143 words)

Line manager awareness [ch 6: pages 54-55] (368 words)

Members of far-right organisations [ch 6: page 55] (120 words)

Chapter 7

7. Covid inequality [ch 7: pages 56-57] (544 words)

It has become patently clear that BAME people in general, and BAME workers in particular, have suffered disproportionately in health and economic ...
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Workplace disadvantage [ch 7: pages 57-58] (307 words)

Equality legislation during the pandemic [ch 7: pages 58-59] (384 words)

Individual risk assessments [ch 7: pages 59-62] (1,222 words)

Contracted-out workers [ch 7: page 62] (106 words)

Unequal impact on jobs [ch 7: pages 62-63] (419 words)

Chapter 8

8. Union organising against workplace racism [ch 8: page 64] (354 words)

While pushing employers in the direction of policies and practices to reduce racial inequalities at work is clearly a key role for union reps, so too ...
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Recruiting members and activists [ch 8: pages 64-66] (700 words)

Further information [pages 67] (299 words)

The Employment and Human Rights Commission www.equalityhumanrights.com is the statutory body for equality in Great Britain. It produces a wide range ...
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