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"Black workers are not getting promoted to better jobs"
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Wednesday, 26 January, 2000, 02:29 GMT
Black workers 'face glass ceiling'

Anti-racism campaigners TUC wants ethnic monitoring made compulsory

Research carried out by the TUC suggests that racism at work is getting worse for black and Asian workers.

The survey found that the number of people from ethnic minorities who became managers had fallen over the past 10 years - despite having higher qualifications that white workers.

Ford Worker Ford's Dageham plant has suffered from racism problems
One in five black and Asian workers have degrees, compared with 16% of white employees, but they face declining career opportunities.

Black and Asian men are twice as likely to be "trapped" in part-time jobs, official figures show.

The TUC wants firms to be forced to monitor the ethnic make-up of their staff in a bid to end discrimination, especially in the private sector.

"It is imperative that employers adopt promotion procedures underpinned by equal opportunities so that workers are promoted solely on the basis of merit, qualifications and skills," a TUC spokesman said.

Tackling abuse

There have been several high-profile cases of racism at work 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.

A black soldier The Army is trying to stamp out racism in its ranks
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.

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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