Almost half of black office workers have suffered racism at work

Black office workers suffer racism at work that affects their mental health and wellbeing, a report has found. Read more: Almost half of black office workers have suffered racism at work

Almost half of black office workers have suffered racism at work

Black office workers suffer racism at work that affects their mental health and wellbeing, a report has found.

The survey was of people who work in the financial, legal, professional services and technology industries and in other office-based roles.

It was conducted by YouGov among 1,076 employees from a black or ethnic minority background, as well as a group of 301 white British employees in similar jobs. The survey was commissioned by Lloyds Banking Group and the City Mental Health Alliance.

Forty-five per cent of black respondents, 26 per cent from an east Asian background and 24 per cent identifying as mixed race said that they had experienced racism at work.

Most of those said that the discrimination had affected their mental health and wellbeing to “a very large, large or moderate extent”. Poppy Jaman, chief executive of the City Mental Health Alliance, said that the findings were “not surprising but still upsetting”.

One respondent said that the treatment at work “makes me feel like there is something wrong with me, like I am not worthy unless I am how they want me to be”.

Jaman said: “This statement speaks to internalised discrimination perpetuated by systemic racism. Businesses must take action now to disrupt these experiences.”

Fiona Cannon, Lloyds’ director of sustainable business, said: “While we take an inclusive approach to mental health, we recognise that our black, Asian and minority ethnic colleagues face specific challenges that can impact their mental health and wellbeing.

“This is especially true for our black colleagues and has been brought into sharp focus for the whole of society by the Black Lives Matter movement and against a backdrop of the pandemic.”

The survey found that South Asian and black employees were more likely to have experienced a bereavement or traumatic personal experience than others, while black people were more likely to have had personal finance concerns. “This suggests that Covid-19 is compounding existing health and financial inequalities for people from minority ethnic backgrounds,” it said.

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Business groups join MPs and farmers demanding consultation over Australia trade deal

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Business groups join MPs and farmers demanding consultation over Australia trade deal

Business groups have joined MPs in urging Liz Truss, the international trade secretary, to consult them on the final trade agreement with Australia amid concerns that a lack of transparency could lead to sectors including farming being damaged.

While an agreement in principle for a post-Brexit trading relationship has been reached between Britain and Australia, details of the deal remained thin on the ground yesterday.

Minette Batters, president of the National Farmers Union, said: “It is critical that the government engages with industry on the details of the deal as soon as possible and that parliament is involved much more during the final stages of the negotiations to ensure it has sufficient oversight of the agreement.”

A group of 24 cross-party MPs yesterday called for parliamentary scrutiny of the deal, which they warned could put farmers out of business. Sir Roger Gale, a Conservative MP who sits on the UK Trade and Business Commission, said that the public and MPs were united. “They agree that we must not allow our food standards to be lowered or farming communities to be sold out in a trade deal with Australia,” he said.

Australian farmers will gain greater access to the UK market, with tariffs on beef and sheep phased out over 15 years, the Australian government said. Dairy and sugar tariffs will be eliminated over five and eight years, respectively. Tariffs will be cut on UK exports including Scotch whisky and cars. It is the first trade deal that goes beyond rolling over a pre-existing trade relationship with the European Union.

William Bain, head of trade policy at the British Chambers of Commerce, said: “It is businesses not governments that trade. We urge the government to engage closely with businesses [to get the greatest value out of the deal].”

Rain Newton-Smith, chief economist of the CBI, Britain’s biggest business lobby group, said: “It is essential now that both sides ensure meaningful safeguards are put in place for industries, including agriculture and high environmental standards.”

The agreement was welcomed by Britain’s financial and professional services sectors, which will benefit from a free flow of data provisions and lower compliance costs.

The final text of the agreement is expected to include a detailed chapter on innovation.

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