Supporting striking UCU workers

At Queen Mary BAME staff are paid 22% less than white staff and women are paid 14% less than men. 9% of all academic staff are on ‘atypical’ contracts with no job security. When teaching & support staff face job insecurity, discrimination & low pay they can’t provide the best teaching. Without decent working conditions, you fail staff & you fail students.

This kind of inequality is one of the reasons I’ve been so excited about our manifesto which not only tackles the gender pay gap but also discrimination on the basis of race.

The Race and Faith Manifesto launched today provides measures which will end the national crisis of under-representation of Black and Asian Teachers and Professors.

We will:
✅Extend pay gap reporting to BAME groups
✅Launch an inquiry into name-based discrimination and consider name-blind recruitment practices
✅Establish a Race Equality unit within the Treasury to work alongside the new Department for Women and Equalities that reviews all major spending announcements for impact on BAME communities. Including the diversity of third parties bidding for and receiving significant public funds
✅Commit our National Investment Bank to address discrimination in access to finance

Read more in Labour’s Race and Faith Manifesto