A TUC survey of more than 5,000 working people found that racial harassment still goes on in too many workplaces.
The black and minority ethnic (BME) workers who completed the survey faced many forms of racial harassment in the workplace, including bullying, racist abuse and violence, hearing racist remarks or opinions, seeing racist material online and on posters, graffiti or leaflets.
They reported that the perpetrator was most likely to be a work colleague, with a significant number saying that the perpetrator was their manager.
The TUC survey also suggested excessive surveillance and scrutiny by colleagues, supervisors and managers. Respondents were denied promotion, development or acting-up opportunities and training and some have been unfairly disciplined because of their race.
The survey showed that experiencing racism at work significantly impacts on BME workers’ mental health and causes stress.
The TUC called on employers to publish data on BME pay, recruitment, promotion and dismissal; set aspirational targets for diversity at their organisation; and measure progress against those targets annually. Employers should work with the unions to establish targets and develop measures to address racial inequalities in the workforce.