South Norfolk and Broadland Councils sign landmark anti-racism pledge

Trevor Holden Managing Director of Broadland and South Norfolk Councils with UNISON Eastern regional organiser Cameron Matthews

South Norfolk and Broadland Councils have signed a UNISON charter aimed at combatting racism in the public sector.

UNISON’s Anti-Racism Charter commits the organisation and its leaders to a range of pledges designed to prevent discrimination.

It includes equality training, championing a racially diverse workforce, and having a clear programme of anti-racist initiatives.

The signing of the charter builds on the existing partnership working with the two Councils and unions, which earlier this year including an education and awareness campaign in supporting the annual Norwich Pride event with a focus on LGBTQ inclusivity in the workforce, plus our existing commitment to “Disability Confident” in our recruitment.

The Councils' aim is to be an employer of choice committed to promoting a working environment based on dignity, trust and respect, and one that is free from discrimination, harassment, bullying or victimisation.

The councils will also be expected to report on their ethnicity pay gaps and monitor disciplinary and grievance processes to ensure outcomes are fair.

Managing Director Trevor Holden said:

“Both Broadland and South Norfolk Councils are committed to tackling discrimination and prejudice in all of its forms and we recognise our responsibility to lead by example. Our Councils affirms our commitment to continue the work to address disadvantage, promote equality and eradicate racism.”

UNISON Eastern regional organiser Cameron Matthews said:

“Signing UNISON’s Anti-Racism Charter is a the perfect way for South Norfolk and Broadland to mark Black History Month, they’re clearly laying out plans to tackle all forms of discrimination for staff in the here and now.

“This won’t only improve the experiences of Black staff, but lead to fairer and better workplaces, helping improve the quality of services across Norfolk.”

Published: 30 October 2023