Groups protesting against the Government's selection of G4S to deliver the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS) have written (with an accompanying dossier) to the Select Committee on Women and Equalities and the Joint Committee on Human Rights, calling for an inquiry into the suitability of G4S to deliver the Service to those who have faced discrimination on the grounds of their sex, race, or disability, despite a recommendation by a House of Lords committee to take the helpline back in-house.
The joint letter and dossier have received widespread coverage in the UK media, including in : Politics.co.uk, The Guardian, and Solicitors Journal.
But, time is running out. The service is due to become operational on 1 October and run for three years, with the option of a two year extension. In the meantime, the Equality and Human Rights Commission, which wants the service back, is working with G4S and government to provide advice on how the service can best meet the needs of those who experience discrimination or an abuse of their human rights.
EqualPayPortal would be interested to know what training is being provided to G4S staff in advising employees on equal pay claims.