Saturday, 23 January 2010

Equality Commission is unequal

The 2008 Monitoring Report from the Equality Commission makes interesting reasding, especially in relation to the employment pattern in the Equality Commission itself.

The report revels that the Equality Commission has 141 employees of whom 48 are Protestants (34.8%) and 90 are Roman Catholics (65.2%).  Once again there is a substantial under-representation of Protestants in the workforce of the Equality Commission.

Moreover, during the year they appointed 19 new members of staff, of whom 6 were Protestants (35.3%) and 11 were Roman Catholics (64.7%).  The under-representation of Protestants in the workforce was therefore reflected in the under-representation of Protestants in new appointments.

This is a situation which has prevailed for many years.  The Equality Commission was established under the Northern Ireland Act 1998 and ever since it was formed there has been an under-representation of Protestants and an over-representation of Roman Catholics.  The two questions I would ask are (1) why has this happened, and (2) what has the Equality Commission done about it?


  1. What is the ratio of RC to protestants in the north, so we can see how unequal the figures are. Also, are you so ingrained in the decades of discrimination by protestant politicians that you cannot believe that people can do their jobs without sectarian bigotry getting in the way.

  2. I'm fed up with those who have their own prejudices calling us sectarian and bigoted. The Northern Ireland Police discriminates against Protestants in its employment practices.

    Let's get rid of the "Equality" Commission and most of the other discredited bodies which we're paying a fortune for.

  3. Gazzaq

    1. In 2008, the religious composition of the population of working age was 52% Protestant and 48% Roman Catholic. This shows that there is indeed a significant under-representation of Protestants.

    2. The Fair Employment and Treatment (NI) Order 1998 (Article 55) requires employers to review their workforce composition and employment practices at least once every three years 'for the purposes of determining whether members of each community are enjoying ... fair participation' and the 'affirmative action (if any) which would be reasonable and appropriate.'

    3. Do you have a problem with seeking to promote equality? Moreover equality is for everyone or it isn't requality.

  4. It's no surprise that the so-called Equality Commission discriminates against Protestants. I hope the DUP raises this matter at the highest level and exposes those responsible.

    Given the institutionalised discrimination against Protestants in the PSNI, does anyone know the current percentage of Protestants in the Garda in the RoI? What about their rights? In 2004, only 0.12% were Protestant.