East Lancashire firms welcome ethnic monitoring

First published in News Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Local government reporter

PROPOSALS to monitor the ethnic make-up of companies’ boards and employees have been given a qualified welcome by East Lancashire business leaders.

They are happy for the government to collect statistics to increase understanding of the composition of the nation’s workforce, but strongly opposed to that information being used to impose quotas on firms.

Prime Minister David Cameron is working on proposals to survey the numbers of ethnic minority employees in major businesses and their managements with a view to increasing the diversity of workforces.

Mike Damms, chief executive of the East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce, said: “Businesses don’t have a problem with the government gathering information on the ethnic composition of companies’ boards and employees to increase understanding of the workforce.

“There is a problem if they start to use that information to impose quota on companies.

“It is up to firms to decide who they recruit.

“The answer is to ensure that young people right across the society have the education and qualifications to make them employable.”

His view is echoed by Tim Bullough, commercial director of rapidly-expanding Accrol Papers, of Roman Road in Blackburn which was founded by Jawid Hussain in Accrington in 1993.

He said: “We are a very ethnically diverse company at all levels, from management to workforce.

“We have no problem with the government gathering information on this.

“We would not be in favour of the government imposing quotas on firms, although they would not affect us.

“The key is making sure that all young people have the right education and qualifications.”

Will Montague, commercial director of RG Adrac, part of the Reach Global group founded by Mian Gulam in Burnley and now based in Church, said: “I think there is nothing wrong with the government gathering information on this. However, if they want to start telling companies who they should employ, then they should keep their noses out of our business.”

Blackburn Labour MP Jack Straw said: “I think this is a good idea. You often find that by making companies have a look at what they are doing in areas like this, they then start to take action themselves.”

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5:09pm Wed 30 Jan 13

TONY WALES says...

What about taxi drivers?
Don't see many white Anglo Saxon people driving them around?
What about taxi drivers? Don't see many white Anglo Saxon people driving them around? TONY WALES
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5:28pm Wed 30 Jan 13

Reality50 says...

I bet this monitoring blatantly ignores the amount of discrimination that white working class people receive in climbing the career ladder. We also have the blatant ageism that exists in the job market. All over 40s are seen as "Past it" or would want higher salaries so are disregarded. Certainly in the workplace ageism and class and disability are bigger barriers than race or gender or sexuality yet the PC lobby seem to ignore these facts-probably deliberately-as we don't fit in with their left of centre political agenda.
I bet this monitoring blatantly ignores the amount of discrimination that white working class people receive in climbing the career ladder. We also have the blatant ageism that exists in the job market. All over 40s are seen as "Past it" or would want higher salaries so are disregarded. Certainly in the workplace ageism and class and disability are bigger barriers than race or gender or sexuality yet the PC lobby seem to ignore these facts-probably deliberately-as we don't fit in with their left of centre political agenda. Reality50
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5:34pm Wed 30 Jan 13

Reality50 says...

Let's be honest how often do the equal rights brigade bang on about age or disibility discrimination/ hardly ever yet it is endemic in our society and certainly since 1997 and the Blair government there has been a culture of exclusion for over 40s to get back on the career ladder especially if working class. Disabled people too have been ignored yet all the stops have been pulled out for ethnic minorities and the gay communities. Yes I am aware some of these minorities overlap each other and there are disabled over 40 gay and black people but my point is valid.
Let's be honest how often do the equal rights brigade bang on about age or disibility discrimination/ hardly ever yet it is endemic in our society and certainly since 1997 and the Blair government there has been a culture of exclusion for over 40s to get back on the career ladder especially if working class. Disabled people too have been ignored yet all the stops have been pulled out for ethnic minorities and the gay communities. Yes I am aware some of these minorities overlap each other and there are disabled over 40 gay and black people but my point is valid. Reality50
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5:46pm Wed 30 Jan 13

shytalk says...

They sure as hell won't like it if quotas on foreign aency workers were to be intoduced would you farmhouse fayre and others? No it would mean having to take on unemployed British workers and you wouldn't want that now would you?
They sure as hell won't like it if quotas on foreign aency workers were to be intoduced would you farmhouse fayre and others? No it would mean having to take on unemployed British workers and you wouldn't want that now would you? shytalk
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8:23pm Wed 30 Jan 13

moli says...

TONY WALES wrote:
What about taxi drivers?
Don't see many white Anglo Saxon people driving them around?
There always has to be one idiot
[quote][p][bold]TONY WALES[/bold] wrote: What about taxi drivers? Don't see many white Anglo Saxon people driving them around?[/p][/quote]There always has to be one idiot moli
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10:15pm Wed 30 Jan 13

grimupnorth says...

British Jobs for British people , at least that's what the Scottish Cyclops promised
British Jobs for British people , at least that's what the Scottish Cyclops promised grimupnorth
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9:15am Thu 31 Jan 13

TONY WALES says...

moli wrote:
TONY WALES wrote:
What about taxi drivers?
Don't see many white Anglo Saxon people driving them around?
There always has to be one idiot
Judging by the number of taxi's which fail a test for having faults, you are spot on their mate.
There are plently of idiots driving around.
Well spotted.
[quote][p][bold]moli[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TONY WALES[/bold] wrote: What about taxi drivers? Don't see many white Anglo Saxon people driving them around?[/p][/quote]There always has to be one idiot[/p][/quote]Judging by the number of taxi's which fail a test for having faults, you are spot on their mate. There are plently of idiots driving around. Well spotted. TONY WALES
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10:52am Thu 31 Jan 13

Izanears says...

George Orwell's 1984 has finally arrived. It took a long time but thanks to Blair and Cameron, it is now here.
George Orwell's 1984 has finally arrived. It took a long time but thanks to Blair and Cameron, it is now here. Izanears
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