Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Whites must not apply.

Bristol City Council is facing criticism after the two-year graduate placement, worth £18,000, was offered only to ethnic minorities. A spokesman said today: "This is the third year of running the traineeship and it was started because of the marked under-representation of BME (black and minority ethnic) people in the council's workforce. Seven per cent of our staff are BME compared to 12% in the city population and the figure for BME is even lower at management grades.

"The normal recruitment process was not rectifying this unacceptably low trend, so there was a strong case for this small positive recruitment traineeship for two BME graduates a year, as set out by section 37 of the Race Relations Act 1976. We have a total workforce of over 9,000 employees (excluding school staff) so this is a very small training programme."

...Well, I think this stinks, people should be employed only on merit and not ethnic origin. Our democracy is based on one person, one vote. We should all have the same opportunity to apply for jobs and not put at an advantage because of our ethnic origin. It is wrong to single out groups when recruiting workers. Who decides who belongs to these special groups? How big would these special case groups be? What happens if you think that some members of these special groups are themselves unrepresented? No, forget this rubbish about special ethnic groups and treat everybody the same. It should not make any difference if an employer does not have a member of staff from some obscure village in a third world country.

Why has Bristol City Council decided to name their own special focus group BME? The name BME surprised me and I did not think of black or minority ethnic people but people sporting body modifications . Mind you, some minority ethnic people do indeed have some piercings or tattoo's though!
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