Trades Union Congress and ICM Poll: 1 in 3 BAME people have witnessed or experienced racist abuse since Brexit vote

The Trades Union Congress (TUC) and ICM conducted a major poll of over 1,000 Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) working adultsas part of a project to combat racism in the workplace in March 2017.

The poll found that:

  • Over a third of BAME people had witnessed or experienced racial abuse in the seven months following the referendum vote;
  • 2 in 5 people (38%) have seen racist material online; and
  • 1 in 4 (27%) have seen racist graffiti, posters or leaflets.

The TUC called on the government to:

  • Make private sector companies responsible for promoting equal treatment throughout their activities just as public sector organisations already are;
  • Make sure the Equalities and Human Rights Commission has enough funding to take more legal cases and make sure the law reflects how contemporary racism plays out; and
  • Develop a full race equality strategy, which includes tough action to crack down on harassment and discrimination at work, online and in everyday life.