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Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Employees Group

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Who we are

We are a group of people who are black, Asian or from minority ethnic backgrounds and who work for Bury Council or Six Town Housing.

Many of our members do not identify themselves as being black, but still come from minority ethnic backgrounds and because of their ethnic origin, language, culture or religious differences share a common experience of inequality or discrimination.

We meet 6 times each year, with meetings lasting a maximum of 2 hours. Members of the group are allowed to attend in works time, providing that they provide sufficient notice to their managers and obtain their consent.

What we do

The main aim of the group is to work towards making sure race equality is positively included in the Council and Six Town Housing's policies and procedures, and to help with developing good working practices.

This group, together with the other equality Employee Groups, aims to ensure that the equality agenda is promoted and that all protected groups are treated fairly and offered equality of opportunity.

A full copy of our Terms of Reference is attached to this web page, but our role includes:

  • being available for consultation
  • promoting the race and other equality perspectives
  • acting as a support network for black or minority ethnic employees
  • providing advice and guidance to Council and Six Town Housing services
  • providing a scrutiny function for the Council and Six Town Housing

Why we do it

The Black and Minority Ethnic Group was set up in 2002 to give BME employees a platform to influence Council policy by sharing ideas and experiences, to make change happen. It is also an opportunity to act as a support network for BME employees.

In 2008 the BME Group was extended to include Six Town Housing. 

In 2012 the Group changed it's name to Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Employees Group.

Upcoming meetings

  • Tuesday 14 January 2014 - Town Hall - Irwell Room
  • Tuesday 11 March 2014 - Town Hall - Irwell Room 
  • Tuesday 13 May 2014 - Knowsley Place - Room 3.1
  • Tuesday 17 June 2014 - Higher Lane
  • Tuesday 16 September 2014 - Town Hall - Irwell Room
  • Tuesday 11 November 2014 - Six Town Housing

All meetings are held from 01:00pm until 03:00pm.  

Further information on race

For further information on race, please see the Council's Race web page using the link on the right hand side of this page under Related Pages.