Govt dragging feet over equality says EOC

first_imgGovt dragging feet over equality says EOCOn 7 Oct 2003 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. The head of the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) says that currentGovernment policy is seriously undermining efforts to reduce inequality andimprove public services. Julie Mellor, chair of the EOC, told the Labour Party conference that theGovernment’s failure to change the law so that public bodies would have toactually promote sex equality themselves, was holding back the drive for parityin the workplace. She argued that true equality would not be achieved unless the legislationwas modernised. More than 247 MPs, including around 200 from the Labour party, backed anearly day motion for changes to the equality laws earlier this year. Mellor said: “Britain’s sex equality laws are almost 30 years old.Individuals can take legal action if they have been discriminated against, but[the laws] do little to ensure everyone is treated fairly. We need institutionsto change. “Reducing inequality is quite rightly a political priority today, butfailure to change the law seriously undermines that commitment,” she said.”It won’t be fulfilled unless public bodies are required to takeequality into account in the way they deliver services, in all aspects ofpolicy and in their employment policies.” The EOC has just published its Vision for UK Equality, in which it claimsthat a more equal society would increase prosperity, strengthen democracy,improve public services and lead to a higher quality of life. Mellor was speaking at a fringe meeting entitled ‘Altogether now: the birth ofthe single equalities commission’, at the Labour Party conference inBournemouth. last_img

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