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29 June 2005

Black and minority ethnic workers - tackling discrimination
Recruiting and organising black and minority ethnic (BME) workers into trade unions is vital, both for improving their conditions at work and for union growth. LRD's new booklet Black and minority ethnic workers - tackling discrimination looks at what trade unions can do and are doing to recruit, organise and support BME workers, particularly at branch level.

The booklet covers areas such as:

* what unions at branch level are doing to organise and support BME workers;
* how Islamophobia and anti-Muslim prejudice have intensified in the workplace;
* guidance on how to deal with racial harassment at work;
* the facts on migrant workers and union initiatives to recruit and support them; and
* how learning and training can improve the position of BME workers.

The booklet has practical checklists throughout on, for example, how to encourage BME members to become workplace reps and issues to negotiate on religious equality.

As well as new material from an LRD branch survey, it draws together advice and guidance issued by UK unions and by relevant bodies like the Commission for Racial Equality on race equality in the workplace.

Written in a straightforward style, this handy A5-sized booklet contains all the effective material you need to achieve equality at work for BME members, and to encourage them into union activism.

Whether you want a checklist on how to make your union relevant to BME members or an example of a policy on ethnic monitoring - or if you simply want to know what sorts of problems union branches face in recruiting BME workers, and how some branches have managed to address them - Black and minority ethnic workers - tackling discrimination provides all the information you need.

Notes to editors

1. Black and minority ethnic workers - tackling discrimination is published by the Labour Research Department, 78 Blackfriars Road, London SE1 8HF, price ?6.00 or ?11.40 for employers or commercial organisations. LRD booklets are also available on subscription at an annual cost of ?33.45 (?76.95 for employers/ commercial organisations). LRD publishes 10-11 booklets each year.

2. The Labour Research Department is an independent trade union and labour movement organisation founded over 90 years ago. Around 1,800 trade union organisations, including 55 national unions, representing 99% of total TUC membership, are affiliated.

3. For press enquiries on this booklet contact Ali Brown on 020 7902 9821. To order copies of the booklet, telephone 020 7928 3649.

4. Full information about all of LRD's services and publications is available on the LRD website at www.lrd.org.uk

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