Black members equality

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Black members in UNISON work to improve equality in the workplace and challenge racism and discrimination.

They have many of the same concerns as other members regarding access to employment, pay, promotion and training. However, racist discrimination can deepen the impact of problems faced in the workplace.


UNISON’s Black members’ group campaigns for equality in the workplace and the wider community. Find out how the group is organised, its role within UNISON and how to get involved.

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Black History Month

Find out how why Black History Month is so important to UNISON, and learn about this history of black trade unionism in the UK.

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Key issues

This section is about the key issues affecting Black members. Each key issue explains the facts behind the issue, what UNISON is doing and how you can get involved. You will also find news articles, useful resources and events.

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    Black members meet as a self-organised group at branch, regional and national level. Find out what the different groups do and how they are organised.

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    Defining Black

    Following the 2013 national Black members’ conference the national Black members committee looks at defining ‘Black’ in UNISON. The motion to conference asked for an explanation of the term to be used consistently throughout Black members structures.

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    Group structure and contacts

    Members can contact their Black members’ representatives in UNISON branches to discuss any issues that might arise in their workplace.

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    Contact information

    National officer, race equality: Margaret Greer
    UNISON Centre
    130 Euston Road
    NW1 2AY