The Equality and Human Rights Commission recently launched a statutory inquiry into racial inequality in health and social care, triggered by the pandemic. They want to understand the experiences of ethnic minority people working on the frontline in lower-paid roles. Based on the evidence they find, recommendations aimed at employers, governments and other agencies to improve conditions for ethnic minority workers will be made.
The inquiry is considering how the treatment of ethnic minority health and social care workers who are employed in low-paid roles has been influenced by their:
- employment status
- immigration status
- working conditions
The Equality and Human Rights Commission want to reach as many people as possible to complete a confidential survey to share their experiences. They want to hear from the following groups:
- Ethnic minority workers in lower paid roles in health and social care
- Co-workers of ethnic minority workers
- Health and social care employers
- Organisations who support workers, e.g. Trade Unions
Anyone who wants to submit evidence to the inquiry can do so by accessing one of the questionnaires.
Alternatively, evidence can be emailed directly to firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on 0161 829 8327.
They would like to hear from as many people who may have relevant information as possible, particularly anyone from an ethnic minority background working in a health or social care setting who is paid less than £11 an hour. This could include health or care support assistants, porters, cleaners, caterers, security or maintenance staff.