Monday 7 August 2023
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Greater London Authority signs up to UNISON’s anti-racism charter
The Mayor of London, on behalf of the Greater London Authority (GLA), has become the first employer in the capital to sign up to UNISON’s anti-racism charter today (Monday).
The charter, which aims to tackle racism in the public sector, commits organisations and their leaders to having a clear and visible race equality policy, as well as programme of anti-racism initiatives such as training for all staff.
It also includes promoting a diverse workforce, addressing the impact of racism on staff wellbeing, and regularly reviewing strategies to improve racial equality, diversity, and inclusion so the organisation can reflect the communities it serves.
The charter is part of a wider UNISON initiative to combat racism in the workplace. It comes in response to a survey by UNISON in London of 1,000 black workers. This revealed that only 30% felt their employer took race equality seriously.
Additionally, half of those surveyed (51%) also said they had witnessed or been a victim of racial discrimination at work, and 53% said they believed race had prevented them from progressing in their career.
UNISON London regional secretary Jo Galloway said: “By signing UNISON’s anti-racism charter, the GLA is setting an example about the way employers should value all their staff.
“There still is a lot of work to be done to challenge racial inequality in the workplace. Black workers are more likely to be disciplined at work and endure greater job insecurity than their white colleagues.
“The hope is that the GLA will be the first of many public sector employers in London to commit to tackling racism at work.”
Notes to editors:
– A copy of UNISON London’s anti-racism charter can be found here
– UNISON is the UK’s largest union with more than 1.3 million members providing public services in education, local government, the NHS, police service and energy. They are employed in the public, voluntary and private sectors.
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