Challenging Racism in the Workplace

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2008 Police Staff Service Group Conference
26 June 2008

Conferences notes that a Labour Research Report from 2001 identified that not all employers were doing all they could to comply with the Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000. The 2000 Act amended the 1976 Race Relations Act to place a General Duty on all public authorities to promote race equality.

Conference notes that the General Duty compels public authorities, including police forces, to build race equality into all aspects of their service. The General Duty requires all public authorities to proactively fight racism. The Duty should:

1)Help achieve a more representative workforce;

2)Attract and retain a quality workforce;

3)Improve morale and productivity;

4)Help avoid claims of unlawful discrimination.

Conference also notes that a 2004 Audit Commission Report found that:

Although most authorities had produced a Race Equality Scheme, few were monitoring their policies or conducting impact assessments. Monitoring was described as weak in specific employment areas such as: promotion, training, recruitment, discipline, grievances and redundancy

Conference welcomes the launch of UNISON’s ‘Challenging Racism in the Workplace’ Project. The Project aims to:

a)Challenge patterns of discrimination by negotiating collective workplace agreements;

b)Ensure that challenging racism becomes core union business for all activists and officers;

c)Ensure that UNISON and employers actively promote and deliver race equality.

Conference calls upon the Service Group Executive to work with UNISON’s Membership Participation Unit to promote the ‘Challenging Racism in the Workplace’ Project and to encourage full participation by police branches