The Trades Union Congress (TUC) and ICM conducted a major poll of over 1,000 Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) working adults, as 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.