Workers from ethnic minorities “three times more likely to have had their hours cut” since pandemic
Black and ethnic minority workers are three times more likely to have lost working hours during the pandemic than their white counterparts, according to a new survey.
The poll – conducted for the Trade Union Congress (TUC) by Britain Thinks – found that around one in 11 (9%) of BME workers (black and ethnic minority) saw their normal 35 to 48 hours per week cut during the Covid. crisis, compared to just one in 33 (3%) of white workers.
Almost one in eight (13%) workers from ethnic minorities told the TUC that their hours had been reduced without asking in the past 12 months, compared to one in 11 (9%) of workers. white workers.
Meanwhile, a quarter (25 percent) of ethnic minority workers said they now only work between one and 24 hours a week, compared to a fifth (20 percent) of white workers.
TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Covid-19 has shone the spotlight on structural discrimination that has been hidden in our labor market for too long.
“BME workers have taken on the burden of the pandemic. They have faced the double whammy of being more likely to work in industries hardest hit by unemployment. And it is now clear that they were also more likely than white workers to waste hours – and therefore pay. Too many BME workers now have to take second jobs just to make ends meet.
“We know that BME workers are more likely to be in low-paying, insecure jobs with fewer employment rights. Through the pandemic, many have paid for this discrimination by losing hours, jobs and wages. Sadly, many more have paid with their lives.
“Enough is enough. Everyone deserves a decent job, with decent wages and conditions. Ministers must tackle this inequality once and for all and tackle the structural discrimination that holds back workers at BME at all levels of the labor market.
The poll also found that workers from ethnic minorities were almost twice as likely to say they had been forced into more than one job in the past 12 months than white workers; about one in 14 BME workers (7 percent) had more than one job in the past year, compared to just one in 25 white workers (4 percent).
Some 20 percent of those interviewed from ethnic minorities told the TUC that they feared that if they did not go to their workplace it would have a negative impact on their status at work, for example in terms of job security or their chances of getting a raise.
In contrast, 14% of white respondents shared this concern.
A previous TUC analysis found that the unemployment rate for workers from ethnic minorities rose three times faster than the unemployment rate for white workers during the pandemic.
TUC Anti-Racist Task Force Chairman and NASUWT General Secretary Patrick Roach said: ‘To bring down wages.
“With unemployment rates rising the fastest among black workers, we need to see the government take urgent action to tackle these inequalities and ensure a recovery that works for everyone.
“It will also be important for employers to consider and be held accountable for the impact of their decisions on black and white workers.”
The TUC is now calling on government ministers to act now to tackle structural discrimination in our labor market.
Recommended actions include the introduction of a mandatory report on the ethnic pay gap and the ban on zero hour contracts which already have a disproportionate impact on BME workers.
The research comes after it recently emerged that experiencing the pandemic made it more likely that workers of ethnic minority backgrounds had experienced racism or other events that affected their mental health in the office.
The research, published in a Mental Health and Race At Work report commissioned by the City Mental Health Alliance (CMHA), in partnership with Lloyds Banking Group, found that 56% of these employees reported experiencing racism at work and that had negatively on their mental health and well-being.