Third of BME workers bullied or abused at work, according to research


More than a third (37 per cent) of black or minority ethnic (BME) workers have been bullied, abused, or singled out at work, according to a new study.

The research, published by the TUC, is part of a new report on racism in the workplace. It is based on a survey of 1,000 British BME employees.

It found that nearly half (47 per cent) of those who were verbally abused at work say this was because of their race.

A further 42 per cent of those say their direct manager was their main perpetrator.

When looking at the procedures and governance of the company, just one in five workers who reported the bullying felt that their complaint was dealt with properly, while one in six said they were treated less well after making a complaint.

In particular, BME women felt the most vulnerable at work, with two in five wanting to leave their jobs due to bullying and harassment, and one in five feel like they were discriminated against when applying for new positions or promotions.

TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Racism still haunts the Britain workplace. Racist bullying, harassment and victimisation should have no place anywhere, least of all at work.  And it’s clear that people are being denied opportunities because of their race.

“Employers must take a zero-tolerance attitude and treat every complaint seriously. It’s a scandal that so few black and Asian workers feel their bosses are not dealing with racism properly.

“And it’s unacceptable that shop workers, bus drivers and street cleaners face racist abuse from members of the public. The government should change the law so their employers have to protect them.

“Anyone who has faced discrimination at work should talk to their union rep or join a trade union. We all have a responsibility to call out racism wherever we see it.”

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