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British Prime Minister Theresa May in India

Prime Minister Theresa May promises to end the racial pay disparities by introducing transparency over how different ethnic groups are paid….reports Asian Lite News

British Prime Minister Theresa May in India

The Conservatives will include the promise in the 2017 election manifesto. A  TUC research based on the ONS Labour Force Survey suggests there is a 17% BME Pay Gap for A level educated people and 10% at degree level.

The commitment, contained in a new deal for workers will see the Conservatives’ gender pay gap reporting requirements extended to men and women of different ethnicities. May’s plans will also include the requirement to publish information on the pay gap at different grades of staff and age.

‘The fact that different ethnic groups are being paid less for doing the same jobs is an injustice which cannot be allowed in twenty-first century Britain,” Mrs May said in a statement. “My plan will deliver a fairer deal for all workers, by extending rights and protections, guaranteeing rises in the National Living Wage and delivering a strong and stable economy.

“‘There is only one leader at this election who will put rights and opportunities for ordinary working families first. The choice next month is clear: economic stability and a better deal for workers under my Conservative team, or chaos under Jeremy Corbyn, whose nonsensical policies would trash the economy and destroy jobs.”

The Black, Asian and minority ethnic employment rate has reached a record high – meaning more people with the security of work. At 64.8 per cent, the ethnic minority employment rate is the highest on record.

Meanwhile, the Lib Dems challenge May’s promise.

“In Coalition, I was successful in fighting an uphill struggle against the Conservatives to get gender pay gap reporting into law,” said Lib Dem Business Minister Jo Swinson. “To see the Conservatives first buckle under Lib Dem pressure in government to introduce gender reporting and now copy our manifesto commitment to close the ethnicity pay gap shows Theresa May is taking the Lib Dem threat seriously.

“The bigger question is how can we take Theresa May seriously on clamping down on inequality and discrimination based on ethnicity given her record on these issues? She authorised the ‘Go Home Vans’ whilst at the Home Office and as Prime Minister is pursuing the hardest and most divisive form of Brexit while adopting the language of Nigel Farage in the pursuit of votes.”