Help root out racism, staff told
PUBLIC servants have been urged to "root out racism" after a shock survey found it was quite likely they would experience colleagues making racist remarks – in many cases about the service users or customers they dealt with.
The Public Service Executive Union (PSEU) – which has members across government departments and agencies – has joined with the Equality Authority and the Immigrant Council of Ireland to tackle racism.
The survey among mid- ranking PSEU members found that 26pc had actually "witnessed racist remarks by colleagues about clients and or customers".
Shocked at the findings, The Equality Authority and the Immigrant Council of Ireland worked on producing a guide to rooting out racism.
The 2012 survey – which was completed by 500 members – found 7pc of respondents reported witnessing a member of the public being subjected to racist remarks or behaviour.
Almost 5pc said they had witnessed a colleague being subjected to racism at work.
PSEU members – which are spread across departments and agencies such as Revenue, the Courts service, An Post and FAS – have been urged to make it known they found such behaviour unacceptable.
"An informal approach may well be enough to make a person aware that his or her behaviour is causing offence," the PSEU leaflet 'Let's Root out Racism' advises.