Category: GENERAL ISSUES

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Employment tribunal hearing first claim for caste discrimination collapses

An employment tribunal hearing the first claim for unfair dismissal on the grounds of caste discrimination has collapsed after information handed to the judge by police led the judge to recuse herself from the case. Vijay Begraj, a former practice manager at the Coventry solicitors firm Heer Manak, and his wife Amardeep, a former solicitor at the same firm, had claimed that they were discriminated against because he is from a lower Asian caste than she is. Vijay Begraj is from a Dalit background – the caste formerly known as “untouchables” – while Amardeep is from the higher Jat caste,...

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IS THERE A DIVERSITY DIVIDEND?

Is there a diversity dividend? That was the question that posed in a special Talking Business programme from the World Economic Forum, in Davos. There is evidence, for instance, that boards of directors with greater diversity generate more dividends. That means greater returns to shareholders and fewer bonuses paid to managers. So, it matters who’s at the top. Yet, only 4% of bosses in the UK financial services industry and 4.6% of chief executives of S&P 500 companies are women, and there are just six black CEOs of Fortune 500 companies. With respect to gender, there are numerous studies that...

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THE GUARDIAN VIEW ON MUSLIMS IN THE WEST: MARGINALISED BY MISTRUST

Ministers should stop boasting about supposed British values. The debate about security in a diverse society needs to be framed in the language of human rights. The book was in the college library, and a student enrolled for the very subject that it covered was spotted picking it up. The scene might not be so common as it was in the pre-Google era, but nor is it – one would hope – so rare as to prompt a college official to instigate a worried conversation, and then call for security. Indeed, the fact that this happened at Staffordshire University makes...

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IFB2014 DI CONFERENCE HAILED A SUCCESS

Liverpool’s pride at hosting tremendously successful Diversity and Inclusion conference as part of the International Festival of Business Max Steinberg, CEO of Liverpool Vision and Chair of the International Festival for Business (IFB) has expressed his pleasure in the city of Liverpool’s hosting of the historic and successful Diversity and Inclusion conference, July 9th at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. An impressive gathering of entrepreneurs, diversity practitioners, government agencies, college/university, and practice-based participants converged on the city to share knowledge and experience in the business and social benefits of diversity and inclusion, as a positive aspect of a global world and...

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GARTH DALLAS: A SENSE OF JUSTICE FROM AN EARLY AGE

An insight into the driving force behind the work of Diverse Magzine’s editor, Garth Dallas, as featured in the Liverpool Echo, 29 May 2014.   I was born in Jamaica, the last of eight children in a family filled with great diversity of characters, instilling in me, from a very young age the values of ‘collective before self.’ I have very fond memories of my childhood, particularly my high school years. I attended what I’d describe as ‘the greatest high school in the world’, Kingston College (KC), an all-boys school with unrivalled history of academic and sporting excellence, balanced with...

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LIVERPOOL ROAD NAMED AFTER LOCAL HERO

A brand new road has been officially named Herbie Higgins Close, as a tribute to the local community leader who dedicated many years to improving the lives of the residents of the inner city community of Toxteth, Liverpool. Gleeson Homes made the special tribute to Herbie on the road which forms the latest phase of their Cawdor Park housing development in Granby. Herbie, who died in 2011 age 89, was instrumental in opening the first Merseyside Caribbean Centre and setting up the Liverpool Branch of the Community Relations Centre. He was awarded an MBE in 1996 for outstanding community service....

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BRITAIN’S DIVERSITY WAS LAUDED DURING THE OLYMPICS. BUT NO LONGER

There’s a glaring gap between the chants we heard at last summer’s Games and where Britain has subsequently arrived… Nostalgia for something that happened only a year ago must surely represent our accelerated culture reaching warp speed. But here we are: marking the first anniversary of the London Olympics, and the magic of that event and the subsequent Paralympics are once again being celebrated. “Will anything ever feel this good again?” read a wonderfully understated headline in the Telegraph. To which the answer is: perhaps not, but 120,000 tickets for the Anniversary Games sold out in 75 minutes, which suggests that even the...

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TAKE A HARD LOOK AT RACISM, SEXISM AND HOMOPHOBIA ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES

My recent experience at Dartmouth College has shown me that we are still not the society we want to be Like many universities, Dartmouth College has venerated traditions. The annual Dimensions show – a festive, student-organized musical revue performed to entice admitted, but undecided, students to come to Dartmouth – is one such tradition. Many prospective students decide to attend Dartmouth because of how much they enjoy the performance. On 19 April, a group of students calling themselves “#Realtalk” interrupted the show, protesting sexual assault, racism, and homophobia at the university. It was a real jolt for the campus community. President...

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MULTICULTURALISM HAS WON THE DAY. LET’S MOVE ON

Rightwing scaremongering over immigration has failed as 70% of Britons now believe a multicultural society is a good thing. It’s official: 45 years after Enoch Powell made his “rivers of blood” speech – the fearmongers have lost the war, while those who think Britain is stronger with a multiracial and multicultural identity have won. Don’t believe me? The former Tory chairman Lord Ashcroft did a representative survey of British ethnic minority voters last week, and found that 90% think we have become a multicultural country, and a similar proportion say this is a good thing. A broader national survey found that 90% of all...

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TUC RESPONSE TO THE PUBLIC SECTOR EQUALITY DUTY REVIEW

The Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED) plays a vital role in underpinning union work to tackle discrimination and harassment at work according to the TUC’s response to a government review of the duty. The PSED, which only came into effect two years ago, requires public bodies to pay ‘due regard’ to equalities in everything that they do. While the TUC believes that it is far too early to conduct a credible review of the PSED, trade unions have provided a wide range of evidence highlighting the positive difference the duty is making to promoting equality and how it could be improved....