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Unite launches Black Womens Network to probe the workplace discrimination faced by black women

Unite launches Black Womens Network to probe the workplace discrimination faced by black women

Unite, the largest union in the country, launches its Black Womens Network today (Wednesday, 22 June) to look into the problems of discrimination in recruitment, pay, progression and family friendly policies, as well as harassment that black women face in the UKs workplaces.

According to the latest Labour Force Survey statistics, the employment rate of ethnic minority women is 52 per cent compared with 72 per cent for the working population as a whole.

Unite National Officer for Equalities Collette Cork-Hurst said: Today, Unite is launching its Black Womens Network during the unions National Womens Week.

We want to ensure that black womens views can be fed into the work of our union, particularly into our womens and black, Asian and ethnic minority agendas. The aim is to increase the involvement and participation of Unite black women in our union and to take action in addressing specific issues for black women workers.

Key initiatives will include developing an online network, sending out a quarterly bulletin to network members and producing a publication on black women in Unite.

Black women workers continue to face discrimination in the workplace due to race and gender.

Unite wants to make sure that black womens voices are heard and listened to. By setting up this network, we will increase our ability to meet the needs of black women as part of our bargaining agenda and campaign priorities.

Monica Taylor, the first black woman on Unite Executive Council said: This is a great initiative, as it is important for all of us to network and support each other not just for economic prosperity but also for social justice.

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