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Unison has warned that public service employers in London are not taking race equality issues seriously enough and ...
Unison has warned that public service employers in London are not taking race equality issues seriously enough and must be called to account.

A growing number of Unison members in London are reporting concerns that their employers are not effectively tackling racism in the workplace, despite the Stephen Lawrence inquiry and recommendations which flowed from it.

Unison will conduct a one-day seminar on Wednesday at Congress House to discuss the effective implementation of the Stephen Lawrence initiatives as well as the promotion and enforcement of the Race Relations Amendment Act 2000.

The London region of Unison, representing 130,000 members across the public services, has produced an Action Plan to ensure that members can hold their employers accountable when tackling race equality issues at work.

Nick Venedi, chair of the Unison Greater London Region Diversity Forum said:

'The Stephen Lawrence seminar is a significant step in the development of a strategy to deliver visible, measurable and practical changes. There is no place for racism in a modern and diverse society. The fight belongs to all!

'London Unison will use every means at its disposal to identify and tackle racism and racist practices both in the work place and outside. The fight has started and the challenge has inspired many activists who are committed to the success of the plan.'

The seminar is part of a campaign by Unison to ensure London employers implement the Race Relations Amendment Act and effectively address race equality in the workplace.

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