A third of BAME people have witnessed or experienced racist abuse since June

TUC warns that Brexit has given racism 'a new lease of life'


Since Britain voted to leave the EU, 34 per cent of Black, Asian or minority ethnic (BAME) people have experienced or witnessed racist abuse, according to new research from the TUC.

The ICM/TUC poll also found that a 19 per cent of BAME people have suffered or witnessed racial assault and 41 per  cent have heard racist remarks or opinions.

‘Brexit has given racism a new lease of life,’ TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady warned. ‘Discrimination has never gone away, but since the referendum racism has been on the rise.’

“The scale of abuse is shocking. We have to come together and draw a line in the sand about what is acceptable in modern Britain in 2017 – and the government has to take a lead. It’s unacceptable that shop workers, bus drivers and street cleaners face abuse from members of the public – and their employers don’t have to do anything to protect them.”

The TUC is calling on government to develop a full race equality strategy, and to introduce rules about third-party harassment to protect workers who deal with the public from abuse at work.

It also calls for adequate funding for the Equalities and Human Rights Commission, to ensure it can take more legal cases, and for public sector equality requirements to be extended to the private sector.

See also: Diane Abbott: Amid rising hate crime, Labour must stand up against scapegoating

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