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LONDON COUNCILS MAY FACE RACISM PROBE

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The Commission for Racial Equality is considering an investigation into discrimination in local authorities in Lond...
The Commission for Racial Equality is considering an investigation into discrimination in local authorities in London where black council staff are facing disciplinary charges more often than their white colleagues, the Independent reports (p4).

The commission has had complaints from six boroughs and has issued warnings against five of them.

The news follows comments by the London South industrial tribunal which criticised Tory controlled Westminster City Council for the 'weakness' of its equal opportunities policy.

An Afro-Caribbean telephonist in an otherwise white department was given an oral warning for persistent lateness on the grounds that she had been late three days in a row. The tribunal awarded her £5,000 compensation.
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