Ethnic workers ‘facing increased redundancy threat’

  • Posted

Posted 18/12/2009

Workers with ethnic minority backgrounds may be increasingly threatened by redundancy as a result of the recession, according to new research.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has published statistics which show that unemployment among Caribbean and African workers has risen by 4.4 per cent in the last two quarters.

Joblessness among those of Asian descent has also risen by 2.2 per cent, with both of these figures exceeding the 0.8 per cent rise in unemployment among white workers.

Trevor Phillips, chair of the EHRC, suggested that these figures show a regression in UK employment equality standards, which he said would have negative repercussions on the economy in future.

He added: “This implies a fundamental re-examination of the culture and practices that underlie the way our society and workplaces operate [is needed].”

Earlier this month, the Trades Union Congress suggested that ethnic minority workers are facing increasing discrimination in terms of both redundancy and recruitment.


    How can we help you?

    Please fill in the form and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible or to speak to one of our experts call
    0330 404 0749

    I accept that my data will be held for the purpose of my enquiry in accordance with Ashtons
    Privacy Policy

    This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

    How can we help?

    If you have an enquiry or you would like to find out more about our services, why not contact us?