- 2005 Health Care Service Group Conference
- 31 December 2004
Conference deplores the racist attacks carried out against our overseas colleagues working within the National Health Service.
Conference commends the work of the Northern Ireland Region who have been at the forefront of highlighting and attempting to tackle the evils of racism.
Conference therefore calls on UNISON to ensure the Government is lobbied to provide the necessary resources to combat the widespread problem of racism and that a Code of Conduct which will be compulsory is drawn up to include the following:
·Compulsory training for all Healthcare Staff at all levels, to recognise and tackle racism;
·A consistent approach to terms and conditions during adaptation programmes;
·A consistent approach to the length of contracts and related work permits;
·A consistent approach on the availability of decent, safe and affordable accommodation;
·Action to be taken against Healthcare Employers in the Private Sector who exploit overseas workers;
·A standardised adaptation programme, terms and conditions of employment, etc., should be made compulsory for the Private Sector employing overseas staff;
·Full use of the Northern Ireland Equality Legislation, such as Section 75 and Statutory Duty in combating racism.