15 January 2010
Race equality needs further promotion, TUC claims
More needs to be done to tackle race discrimination among UK firms, the Trades Union Congress (TUC) has said.
The organisation made its comments following the release of a statement by communities secretary John Denham in which he acknowledged that there is still "much to do".
He said that the way that race interacts with class and other factors, such as religion, have changed the terms of the debate concerning the issue and made promoting equality more complicated.
Responding to Mr Denham's remarks, TUC general secretary Brendan Barber stated that particular attention must be paid to private enterprises.
He said: "In the private sector, employers are not required to promote race equality, just to avoid discrimination, which relies on individuals pursuing complaints against employers before anything is done."
Mr Barber went on to draw attention to research suggesting that jobseekers with non-English sounding names were not selected for interview.