15 August 2016
TUC urges tougher action on post-Brexit racism in the workplace
There should be a zero-tolerance policy on racism in the workplace, following an increase in racist abuse the Trades Union Congress (TUC) has said.
Since the European Union referendum there has been a significant increase in hate crime and the TUC is pushing for firms to have a solid system in place for workers to report discrimination or abuse.
Zero-tolerance and anti-discrimination policies should be promoted, according to the TUC.
TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady says the recent surge in racist incidents since the Brexit vote is deeply disturbing.
She said: "We need to stand up for modern British and trade union values - respect for difference, dignity at work, and a deep opposition to racism and extremism."
She states that steps taken to reduce xenophobia and racism in Britain has not eradicated the issue, and the UK is still a long way from eliminating the problem entirely.
Ms O'Grady added: "Trade unions have long been a part of the fight against racism, but we can and should do more - as should the Government and employers across the UK."