PCS says retention of section 3 of the Equality Act is a “victory for society “

Tim Lezard

pcs_logoThe government’s U-turn on plans to scrap the general equality duty is a “victory for society as a whole”, the PCS says.

Commenting on today’s decision to maintain section 3 of the Equality Act 2006, a legacy of the Macpherson report into the racist murder of Stephen Lawrence, PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said:

“This is a victory for society as a whole, repealing this vital piece of legislation would have been a backwards step.

“We’re delighted the duty will remain and it is a huge tribute to all those who campaigned to highlight its importance.

“The fight now goes on against this Tory-led government’s cuts that are falling particularly hard on minorities and vulnerable groups and on the staff whose job it is to support them.”

The decision follows last night’s defeat on the issue for the government in the House of Lords on the 20th anniversary of Stephen Lawrence’s death.

Earlier in the day Mark Serwotka had written for the Guardian on the importance of retaining the duty http://bit.ly/SerwotkaEqualityCiF

The Equality and Human Rights Commission still faces huge cuts to its staff, offices and remit under an imposed budget cut of almost 70%.

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