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Unison Wales demands investigation into why black people are disproportionately affected by coronavirus

AN INVESTIGATION into why black people have been disproportionately affected by the Covid-19 crisis must take place urgently, Unison Cymru Wales demanded today.

Warning that BAME health-service and care workers are dying disproportionately in the pandemic, the union also highlighted the risks of unemployment and hardships faced by higher numbers of black people in insecure and low-paid jobs.

Unison urged NHS employers to identify workforce data which could provide a better understanding of the impact of Covid-19 on black staff.

They must ensure that their actions in deploying staff to Covid-19 duties do not have a disproportionate impact on black workers.

Unison national black members committee chair Kebba Manneh said: “It’s important our politicians acknowledge that many public-service jobs, like care work, cleaning and catering, haven’t been properly valued by society and that these roles are disproportionately staffed by black people.”

Shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth pressed the government today for an update on the inquiry into why black and minority-ethnic workers are being disproportionately affected by the crisis.

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