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The Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000 (RRA) is the most radical piece of race relations legislation in nearly 25 years, according to Jack Straw. It builds on some of the themes raised in the Stephen Lawrence inquiry and seeks to tackle institutional racial discrimination. The public sector will be the arena within which the existence of racial imbalances in organisations will be systematically exposed. Perhaps the most significant aspect of the act is revealed in the Government’s statement that the RRA 2000 is part of a developing framework for greater equality. This objective could lead to a reconstruction of the workplace landscape.A consultation document available on www.homeoffice.gov.uk/raceact/welcome.htm (a well-written document of admirable clarity) seeks to obtain views on a number of issues and also clarifies aspects of the act.

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