This October Labour was proud to support Black History month. To mark it, Labour Policy Forum takes a look at how Labour will tackle race discrimination during the next Labour government.
Labour has plans to improve the teaching of Black British history and the history of the British Empire, not just limiting Black history to one month per year. Labour will also support a new Emancipation Educational Trust. This will educate future generations on slavery and colonisation, educating society on the history of people of African and Caribbean descent in Britain.
In government, Labour will tackle race discrimination in the workplace. Labour will introduce an equal pay audit to close the race pay gap, as well as launching an enquiry into recruitment discrimination. Labour also plans to implement the Parker Review recommendations which aim to increase ethnic diversity on the boards of companies across the country.
Labour will also ensure that the Equalities Act is implemented by creating statutory time-off for equality representatives in the workplace, giving workers the means to enforce their rights at work.
Jeremy Corbyn MP, Leader of the Labour Party, said:
“It is vital that we build on the successes of Black History Month and develop a more inclusive understanding of our shared history. That is why the next Labour government will ensure that future generations understand the role that Black Britons have played in our country’s history, as well as the legacy of the British Empire, colonisation, slavery and the struggle for emancipation”.
Labour is the Party of equality. We have put forward a radical plan for government to eliminate racial inequality from economy and society in our Race and Faith Manifesto. We are inviting contributions to help develop this Manifesto, see here to get involved: labour.org.uk/race-and-faith-consultation/