Private Sector Transfers and the Race Relations (Amendment) Act

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2006 Local Government Service Group Conference
23 February 2006

More public services are being transferred out of the public sector and as a result members are now finding themselves based in the private sector where the lack of statutory duty under the Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000 with private sector employers results in less protection against race discrimination in the workplace.

Conference notes the difficulties in proving race discrimination cases against employers places an extra burden on members in the private sector.

Conference believes the RR(A)A is an opportunity for members to put issues of race on the bargaining agenda.

Conference calls upon the Service Group Executive to investigate the extent of this problem by:

1)Working with the NEC to commission research in relation to dispute resolution concerns where black members have been transferred into private sector companies; and

2)Working with Labour Link to secure a commitment from government to ensure procurement contracts with private sector contractors include compliance with RR(A)A 2000 obligations