06 Jun 2016

Another Achievement for an SBREC Employee

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The VQ Awards recognise and celebrate individuals and employers who have achieved notable success thanks to technical, practical and vocational qualifications.

The VQ Awards (7 June) and VQ Day (8 June) raise the status of technical, practical and vocational learning.  They are organised in Wales by ColegauCymru / CollegesWales, the National Training Federation for Wales and the Welsh Government. For more information about this year’s finalists please visit their website.

Swansea Bay Regional Equality Council (SBREC) is delighted that one of our members of staff has been selected as a finalist at the VQ Awards. The winner will be selected at the Award Ceremony which is going to be held on 7 June 2016 at St David’s Hotel & Spa, Cardiff.

On the night of the Award a short film of me will be shown. This will also be available on the VQ Day website www.vqday.wales. It is a prestigious award and as such highlights the efforts made by the student, her tutor from Gower College, Swansea and the support that was provided in the workplace to the nominee by SBREC.

Here is an excerpt of a statement given by Dorota who works as the Volunteer Coordinator for the VHS Team at SBREC:

I am Dorota Orzeszek. I have worked for Swansea Bay Regional Equality Council (SBREC) since 2013. When I came to Swansea and discovered that my qualification in “Teaching Education Facility” specialising in social work degree from Poland was not recognised in the UK, I commenced English lessons at Gower College Swansea to improve my language skills. After completing Entry 3, I decided to apply for various roles, eventually volunteering at SBREC. Now an SBREC employee, I help others facing discrimination, and other issues relating to the six mandates and nine protected characteristics of equality. Having completed a Level 3 and 4 QCF in Advice and Guidance as an SBREC employee, my dreams of becoming a social worker are also in sight again as I am seriously considering entering higher level education at Swansea University and plan, one day, to complete a PhD.

 

16 Dec 2011

Medical Consultant Awarded 4,5M Pounds in Discrimination Case

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At a Leeds Employment Tribunal, history has been made. A medical Consultant who was proved to have suffered sex and race discrimination has been awarded compensation in the region of £4.5million. It is believed to be the largest sum awarded in a discrimination case in the UK.

Dr Eva Michalak, an obstetrician of Polish origins, suffered racial harassment and discrimination whilst she was away on maternity leave. The case goes back to 2003 when Dr Michalak was seven months pregnant. She was subjected to a barrage of racist bullying with false accusations of her behaviour towards her colleagues.  She was finally suspended in 2006 and dismissed from her post in 2008. During the course of her treatment, by colleagues at the Pontefract General Infirmary in Leeds, her competency was questioned because of her Polish origins and her medical training in Poland.

The award is said to reflect the fact that her suffering throughout the years has left Dr Michalak with no hope in the future of regaining her confidence to practice medicine. The Tribunal in its report concluded that  “It is right that in this case we are positively outraged at the way this employer has behaved.”

Swansea Bay REC Chief Executive’s views: 

It must be noted by employers, particularly from the public sector, that the provisions of Equality Act 2010 is wholly implemented within each of their organisations and this must be in practical terms not just as a paper exercise. Failure to do so may result in such cases being reported, followed up and awards of compensation such as this, in our area and beyond.

09 Feb 2011

Welcome

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Hello and welcome to the newly refurbished pages of Swansea Bay REC. As you look at these pages, please bear in mind that the organisation, which was set up in 1983 and has continued to work towards racial justice for all these years, will be undergoing substantial changes in the course of the next few months. All the information provided on this site corresponds to our local situation and its implications on equality. We have of course seen a number of attempts, in recent years, by far right wing organisations to impose their will on the people of Swansea and Neath Port Talbot. Each time their attempts have been unsuccessful.

We have recently learnt about leafleting by an organisation in the Gorseinon area of Swansea, which is quoted as having been distasteful, by some residents who had received the leaflet. We keep emphasizing the need to be vigilant of extremist views wherever they might perpetuate a feeling of unease. As we approach the local authority elections in May 2011 we will see a lot more activities by far right wing organisations. Most of them will try to attempt to persuade you that they are just looking after YOUR interests. Please look at each and every opinion with objectivity and with the correct information to hand. Often you will find that the ‘illusion behind the reality is an illusion itself’ which is a very apt quote that we picked up from an unknown source. Enjoy your visit to this site, but more so than that please take away information on local needs, aspirations and realities.

Taha Idris, OBE, JP
Chief Executive