BME workers call for evidence - please circulate and share
The massive and disproportionate impact of COVID 19 on BME workers has been clear for weeks.
The debate around the causes has focused on medical explanations or theories around cultural practices. But the TUC has focused our intervention on the impact of institutional racism. In all the discussions around this issue, the voices of BME workers themselves have been largely absent. The TUC want to put this right and make sure that people heard. BME workers’ voices and experiences must shape the debate and any solutions developed.
People have told the TUC about BME workers being disproportionately assigned to front line situations, not been given adequate protective equipment, targeted when hours or jobs are being cut and racially abused by colleagues or customers. Often they have not been able to raise issues for fear of victimisation.
The TUC want to make sure the voices of these workers are at the centre of conversations about what needs to change.
We need your support to enable BME workers to share their experiences of unfair treatment and racism at work during this crisis to:
- highlight the lived experience of BME and migrant workers
- pressure the EHRC as the equalities regulator to use their powers to hold government and employers to account
- ensure targeted action is taken to tackle racism at work
- shape the narrative around the impact of Covid-19 on BME workers
Take the survey here