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More than a third of BME workers face abuse at work, finds research

Polling carried out for the TUC by ICM found that more than a third of BME workers have been bullied, abused or singled out at work.

It also reveals that:

  • Nearly half (47%) of those who were verbally abused at work say this was because of their race.
  • 42% of those bullied or harassed say their direct manager was the main perpetrator.
  • Only 1 in 5 (20%) reported the bullying and felt their complaint was dealt with properly. 1 in 6 (16%) said they were treated less well after making a complaint.
  • Women experience particular discrimination. 2 in 5 (41%) wanted to leave their jobs because of bullying and harassment, but could not afford to.
  • 1 in 5 (19%) have experienced discrimination such as being denied training or promotion.

TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:

“Racism still haunts the Britain workplace. Racist bullying, harassment and victimisation should have no place anywhere, least of all at work.  And it’s clear that people are being denied opportunities because of their race.

“Employers must take a zero-tolerance attitude and treat every complaint seriously. It’s a scandal that so few black and Asian workers feel their bosses are not dealing with racism properly.

“And it’s unacceptable that shop workers, bus drivers and street cleaners face racist abuse from members of the public. The government should change the law so their employers have to protect them.

“Anyone who has faced discrimination at work should talk to their union rep or join a trade union. We all have a responsibility to call out racism wherever we see it.”

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