OBV Supports Ethnic Minority Pay Gap Campaign

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OBV strongly supports the Ethnic Minority Pay Gap campaigner Dianne Greyson who has written to Equalities Minister Kemi Badenoch, Mayor Sadiq Khan, and UK CEOs, Directors and Senior Managers in an effort to refocus attention as the ethnicity pay gap now stands at a staggering £3.2billion in the UK.

As the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reports a 23.8% pay gap in London, a 12.7% pay gap in Yorkshire & Humberside, and a 10.3% pay gap in Scotland, she believes that now it is more important than ever to confront an issue that "too many are reluctant to address despite its glaring reality across the UK, in too many workplaces and for too many people."

Following on from a turbulent year for many ethnic minority people with the disproportionate impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on their communities, 2020 has proved itself to be "a year of loss."

This issue is particularly personal to me given the efforts we made to persuade the Government under Prime Minister Theresa May to embark on this process. She launched the campaign with me and alongside Media-com CEO Karen Blackett.

The legislation for change document is now sitting on a shelf in the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy.

If the Government were serious about closing racial disparities in the workplace this would be the 'lowest hanging fruit' to implement change.

Dianne's efforts to raise awareness have culminated in the first official Ethnicity Pay Gap Day.

The day's objectives are to raise awareness of the UK's ethnicity pay gap, while encouraging dialogue in organisations and requiring the government to set a debate day on mandatory reporting of the Ethnicity Pay Gap.

Now, with over 100,000 signatures of the petition to fully end the pay gap, Dianne is making certain that Parliament follows through to make their promise a reality.

Let's all support Dianne and her efforts

Simon Woolley

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