The Workers Party has made a written submission to the Racial Equality Strategy currently being proposed by the NI Executive. The ‘Sense of Belonging’ document was drafted by the Office of the First and Deputy First Minister and circulated for public consultation.
Asserting that ‘race’ is not a descriptor of human diversity the response pointed to the levels of hate crime and discrimination experienced by ethnic minorities and called for a concerted effort by the Assembly and all other agencies in Northern Ireland to address and overcome it.
The Party submission went on to acknowledge the goals set by the draft strategy:
- to tackle racial inequalities in Northern Ireland and to open up opportunity for all;
- to eradicate racism and hate crime;
- along with ‘Together: Building a United Community’, to promote good race relations and social cohesion’.
but argued that the strategy lacked a set of budgeted, detailed outcomes which outline how the goals will be realised .
The Party submission also highlighted the level of social deprivation in ethnic minority households in Northern Ireland and the over-representation of people from minority ethnic groups in low-grade, low-pay jobs.
Read the Party’s submission in full: