Plight raised of Black workers in fragmented workplaces

Conference hears that the post-Brexit world, where the ‘other’ is increasingly seen as a problem, is making the situation worse for Black workers

The increasingly fragmented workplace is creating more problems for Black workers, Tania Magee (pictured) for the national Black members’ committee told local delegate conference this afternoon.

But while they are “experiencing isolation,” when the union gets its organising and recruitment right, “we can see Black workers becoming developed as activists, as stewards and “becoming the leaders of the future.”

Manjula Kumari from the East Midlands called for innovative approaches to help Black workers in fragmented workplaces organise and fight back.

And she cited the current case of Haringey care workers and the 2015 case of Camden traffic wardens as examples.

Rena Wood for the service group executive reminded conference that the “principled position” of building equalities in public services can positively influence businesses in an area.

But she warned that Black workers needed as much support as ever, given the culture of blaming the ‘other’ that had been ushered in with the Brexit vote.

Conference called on the executive to explore a number of approaches, including examining the issue of facility time and how it affects this group of workers in particular.