Pay Audits

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2002 National Black Members' Conference
31 May 2002

This Conference welcomes the publication of the TUC’s pamphlet Black and Underpaid – How black workers lose out on pay’, which clearly demonstrates that black workers continue to be discriminated against in terms of pay.

This Conference is perturbed that despite nearly a generation of race relations in Britain that black workers still earn less than their counterparts, for example black men earn on average £97 less per week than their white counterparts. The situation is particularly serious for Pakistani and Bangladeshi workers who are at the bottom of the pay league with the male average being £150 per week short of the white male average earnings.

This Conference notes that while the available data for women workers is unreliable because of the disproportionate number of black women in full time jobs compared with white women, there are still serious disparities between the earnings of black and white women, with Pakistani and Bangladeshi women being at the bottom of the women’s pay league.

This Conference further notes that the Government is encouraging employers to carry out pay audits to ensure that their pay systems are not discriminating against women.

This Conference calls on the National Black Members’ Committee to support the recommendations of the TUC report, and in particular to:

1)Press for the broadening of the Government-supported employer’s pay audits for women to include black workers;

2)Press for such audits to be published;

3)Support the TUC’s call for all employers to equality proof pay systems and pay settlements/agreements on a periodic basis;

4)Raise this issue with all of UNISON’s service groups to ensure that the Union’s bargaining agenda is informed by such pay audits.

This Conference further calls on regional black members’ groups to support and advise branch black members’ groups on raising through their branches’ negotiating agenda the issue of pay audits, and encouraging the employer to broaden the scope of such audits at a local level to include black workers.