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TUC launch survey on how BME workers are being treated at work during the Covid 19 crisis

Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton

The TUC have asked for help to understand black and minority ethnic workers experiences at work during the coronavirus crisis. The TUC say that BME workers have reported being discriminated against in a number of ways – being singled out for more dangerous or difficult work, not getting access to adequate PPE, not being furloughed despite having health conditions, being targeted when hours or jobs are being cut and being racially abused by colleagues or customers. Often these workers don’t feel able to raise issues with their employer because of the fear of victimisation. The TUC have therefore launched a survey for BME workers to share their experiences and suggestions for what needs to change. They want to ensure that BME workers’ voices are put at the centre of any discussions both about the impact of Covid 19 on BME workers and how workplace racism should be tackled.

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