Headline, September 04 2020/ ''' RACIAL '' EQUALITY '' REALMS '''




NEARLY TWO YEARS AGO - THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT - SEEMED to be on the verge of  doing something truly novel about racial and ethnic inequality.

Theresa May, the prime minister at the time, had adopted a plan to root out one of the causes of differences in incomes that would ''create a fairer and more diverse work force,'' she said.

It was October 2018, during Britain's Black History Month. Ms. May suggested the government require companies and other large employers to report the disparities in pay among their employees based on ethnicity, as they had recently been made to do for gender. She announced a three-month public comment period, or consultation, toward the goal of introducing a new regulation.

''Too often ethnic minority employees feel they're hitting a brick wall when it come to career progression,'' Ms. May said. Collecting and analyzing this data, which no other country seems to require, could enable companies to see disparities in pay and identify and identify reasons, such as a lack of Black managers in senior positions, and do something about it.

But after the comment period closed in January 2019, little was heard about it.
Little, that is, until a surge of anti-racism protests this summer, provoked by the killing of George Floyd, revived the idea.

In June, a petition to make ethnicity pay gap reporting mandatory amassed more than 100,000 signatures. In response, the government said that it would publish an update by the end of the year, having received more than 300 comments  from businesses and other organizations.

The failure to demonstrate progress for a year and a half was not lost on David Issac, the departing chairman of the government's Equality and Human Rights Commission. Last month, he said establishing the pay gap rule would be a quick win for the government, as he accused it of ''dragging its feet'' on action to address racial and ethnic inequality.

Since Mr. Issac's chairmanship of the commission began four years ago there have been three prime ministers from the same political party, two general elections, Brexit and a pandemic.

There have been four government-sponsored reviews focused on issues of ethnic inequality that have produced nearly 100 recommendations.

Mr. Issac said that when he took over at the human rights commission, he believed he could achieve a lot, and he says he has since succeeded in helping more people fight legal battles for equal rights.

But as he left his post, he still questioned why the government hadn't taken advantage of a growing desire by businesses to do more to address inequality, and urged for more action instead of reviews.

''The time for more recommendations in my view, is over,'' he told the BBC. ''We know what needs to be done, let's get on with it.''

Kemi Badenoch, the equalities minister in Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government, said it it was  ''just simply not true'' that the government had dragged its feet on the issue.

For example, she said, policymakers were working toward adopting most of the recommendations from a 2107 report of how ''Black, Asian and minority ethnic individuals'' were treated in the  criminal justice system. Among the proposals were collecting more complete ethnicity data across the system and recruiting a more diverse prison staff.

In response Black Lives Matter demonstrations, Mr. Johnson has also created a new commission focus on race and ethnic disparities that still make recommendations for government action by the end of the year. This new board will be a fresh start, Ms. Badenoch told the BBC.

''We've picked commission who haven't really done this sort of review before so they wouldn't be in prejudged recommendations,'' she said.

''There must be no jumping to conclusions,'' she added that the commission would also look why there was a public perception that the government hadn't done enough to improve

Amid mounting outrage about inequalities ethnicity pay gap reporting is something that could be done quickly, Mr. Issac said in an interview with The New York Times in early August, in part because of the work already done by Ms. May's government to collect data about ethnic disparities across society.

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