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Responding to the publication of the report of the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities, Dr Patrick Roach, General Secretary of the NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union and Chair of the TUC’s Anti-Racism Taskforce, said:

“The reality is that structural racism continues to blight and scar our country and our economy, holding back our communities and undermining life chances.

“Black communities have been systematically failed by a Government response that was supposed to protect us all during the pandemic, the refusal to publish evidence of their race equality impact assessments and by a Government Commission that has failed to grasp the realities.

“The evidence of racism in Britain today is there for all to see.

“Black workers are working in unsafe jobs and 3-4 times more likely to die as a result of Covid-19.

“Black workers remain two times more likely to be unemployed.

“Black workers continue to be paid less than their white counterparts and are disproportionately working in precarious jobs, on zero hours contracts or in agency work.

“Young people from Black backgrounds are also more likely to be unemployed than white workers at every qualification level.

“This evidence is not anecdotal. Racism is real and it is systemic.

“Unless and until the Government accepts the facts of systemic racism, it will continue to fail Black workers and communities, and further deepen the scar of racial injustice in our country.”

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