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Monday, 6 December, 1999, 04:29 GMT
Employers urged to monitor racism
Anti-racism campaigners Unemployment among black and Asian workers is increasing

Firms must monitor the ethnic mix of their workforce to end the "frightening" level of racism in Britain's workplaces, according to a new report.

The TUC research shows that despite growing numbers of jobs being created, unemployment among black and Asian workers is worsening.

Ford Worker Ford's Dageham plant has suffered from racism problems
The rate has increased to 13%, a rise of 2% compared to the early 1990s, while unemployment among white workers has fallen to 6%.

Three out of four unemployed black and Asian workers live in just three areas, London, the West Midlands and Greater Manchester, where jobless rates among ethnic minorities is running at up to 20%, said the TUC.

"There is a frightening level of racism," a spokesman said. "Workers, employers and the government must work in partnership to tackle the growing disadvantage that black and Asian workers are facing at the end of the century."

The TUC, which is holding a conference in London on Monday on the issue, said ethnic monitoring should be mandatory, especially in private firms.

Tackling abuse

There have been several high-profile cases of racism in the workplace in recent months.

Car giant Ford had to apologise to an Indian worker who suffered years of racial abuse and threats at the hands of colleagues.

Sukhjit Parma was taunted with images of the extreme white-supremacist group the Ku Klux Klan when he worked at Ford's Dagenham plant in Essex.

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Ford has also came under fire in the past after it was revealed it had changed black faces to white in a company photo for an advert.

Racist incidents at Dagenham eventually culminated in workers voting in favour of a ballot on industrial action.

In response to the concern Ford management and unions drew up an action plan to stamp out racism and ensure every worker was given the same opportunities regardless of their colour.

The government has also launched schemes to try and boost the number of black recruits in public services like the police and fire brigade.

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