In response to the death of George Floyd and related events across the UK, Voice confirms its steadfast commitment to racial equality.
Many UK workers continue to face unfair treatment at work due to their race, colour, national or ethnic origin or their religious beliefs. Voice stands by its members to stamp out unacceptable and abhorrent behaviour.
This can be extreme acts, however, the cumulative impact of less serious, subtle, and sometimes unconscious, individual instances should not be underestimated. Neither is acceptable.
Some examples of our members' experiences have included the following:
- bullying and harassment;
- lower pay;
- exclusion from social interactions;
- slower promotion and career development;
- humiliation, racist remarks, ‘jokes’ and insults;
- racially motivated dismissal; and
- greater difficulty with securing quality employment.
With our members, we continue to work at improving workplace practices and behaviour.
There are many things that we all can do to make the workplace a fairer environment – with parents, teachers and the government, we all have a role to play to teach others and create a society where racism will not be tolerated.
We genuinely urge everyone to take this opportunity to reflect and identify practical steps that can be taken to help make things better.
(First published 30 June 2020, plus updates to further information below.)
- Racism and discrimination, Your Voice, August 2020 (pdf)
- Race discrimination, Your Voice, November 2019 (pdf)
- Celebrating Stephen Lawrence’s life and legacy on 22 April – and every day (March 2020)
- The Equality and Human Rights Commission
- UK Government’s race disparity audit (updated 11 October 2018)