MQT on 2007-05-23
Session date: 
May 23, 2007
Question By: 
Murad Qureshi
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


The recent report,'Moving On Up: Ethnic minority women at Work', found that Pakistani, Bangladeshi and Black Caribbean women are suffering pay inequality and discrimination. How do you propose to tackle this inequality in London where the contribution of ethnic minorities is vital to its success?


Answer for Discrimination

Answer for Discrimination

Answered By: 
The Mayor

In response to the findings of this report I urged the Government, through the Discrimination Law Review, to introduce the changes necessary to ensure that the recommendations in the Equal Opportunities Commission's report are given the backing of law. This would mean that employers were obliged to find out and publish and act on data on where black and Asian women were in their workforces, that there were more adequate rights to flexible working and that racism was properly tackled, in both the public and private sectors. The Discrimination Law Review is a once in a lifetime opportunity to introduce the changes needed to ensure that legal rights are more adequately enforced. I will continue to lobby on this matter. The high levels of disadvantage and discrimination faced by Bangladeshi and Pakistani women, was also highlighted in the `Muslims in London' report which I launched last year and I will be work with the government and the LDA to help eliminate discrimination and disadvantage in the labour market. The LDA is delivering a number of programmes such Diversity Works for London and supporting projects through its Opportunities Fund aimed at tackling inequalities faced by BAME communities.