Prospect is committed to fighting for equality of opportunity for all our members because we believe that all workplaces, and society generally, benefit by including everyone.
In members’ workplaces, we aim to ensure that all employers have an equal opportunities policy that specifically covers race equality. This should include measures to deal with institutional racism, including tackling racial harassment and bullying.
The Equality Act outlaws discrimination, harassment and victimisation on the grounds of race, ethnicity and nationality.
We press employers to adopt the responsibilities under the Equality Act that include a public-sector duty to promote good race relations and eliminate racial discrimination. (Although this applies only to the public sector, the duties on employers are good business practice and should also therefore apply in the private and voluntary sectors.)
Prospect negotiators and representatives are encouraged to address equality in their workplace bargaining agendas. As well as ensuring equality in the areas of pay, conditions, recruitment, selection, promotion, training and development, we seek to:
- negotiate agreements that allow workers to take their leave around their own cultural or religious holidays, or extended leave to visit family abroad
- negotiate the introduction of positive action programmes
- ensure that equivalent foreign qualifications are accepted where appropriate
- ensure that particular dietary requirements are taken into account, both in workplace restaurants and also when catering for meetings or training events.
Prospect set up a small working group to look at ways in which recommendations from a TUC report – Working against Racism: the role of trade unions in Britain – could be taken forward within the union. The group produced a summary leaflet of the action plan.
As part of our commitment to tackling racism, Prospect has affiliated to Unite Against Fascism, a national campaigning organisation dedicated to tackling fascism and racism.
Prospect is also affiliated to Show Racism the Red Card, a campaigning organisation that uses the high profile of football and footballers to fight racism.
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Prospect facilitates a race equality network that seeks comments on proposals by the union and employers, and updates members about appropriate courses and campaigns. Members of the network are also able to contact each other, and participate in a discussion forum via our website. Learn more about Prospect’s networks and how to join.
Public resources for race
- EHRC website: Race discrimination – know your rights
- TUC report: Working against Racism: the role of trade unions in Britain
- TUC publication: Family-Friendly Rights: Transforming Britain’s Workplaces
- TUC report: Talent not tokenism: The business benefits of workforce diversity
- Unite Against Fascism website: Campaign to counter the threat of fascism
- Show Racism the Red Card website: Campaign using football and footballers to tackle racism
- Searchlight campaign: Online monthly magazine opposing fascism, antisemitism and racism
- Hope Not Hate website: Anti-racism research and campaign group
- Independent review by Baroness McGregor-Smith considering the issues affecting black and minority ethnic (BME) groups in the workplace.
Race and Pay
ITN publishes BAME Pay Gap Report
- The Independent: "Businesses could be forced to publish race pay gap to banish inequalities"
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Prospect resources for equality and diversity
Prospect provides advice and guidance on a range of equalities issues, which can be accessed under the Resources tab in the left-hand navigation menu. This includes links to guides, posters and leaflets etc.