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Year of Black Workers at National Delegate Conference

Our Motions The National Black Members’ Committee submitted two motions to National Delegate Conference (NDC). Motion 4 – Equality is UNISON Business Motion – 52 – The Cost of Living Crisis and Black Workers If you are attending conference, please think about speaking on these important motions. The full text of each motion can be […]

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Stop Deportations to Rwanda

The scapegoating of refugees and migrants – spearheaded by Suella Braverman’s talk of the ‘invasion’ of Southern England by ‘illegal immigrants’, and her ‘obsession’ with deporting refugees to Rwanda – is opening the door to the far right. We have seen distressing scenes of violent attacks on asylum seeker accommodation by far-right activists. HOPE not […]

Nominations now open for the 2024 Nelson Mandela Award

Many members will be aware that Nelson Mandela was an honorary member of UNISON. In his lifetime he received over 260 awards including the Nobel Peace Prize. To honour his achievements, the National Black Members’ Committee (NBMC) present the Nelson Mandela Award each year to a Black member who has gone above and beyond. If […]

UK COVID-19 Public Inquiry

In the joint submission of the Northern Ireland Council for Racial Equality and the APG on Ethnic Minority Community to Northern Ireland Affairs Committee on the experience of minority ethnic and migrant people in Northern Ireland, we highlighted the fact that disparities and inequalities do persist. Racism and discrimination remain a factor in shaping people’s […]

An Audience with Chris Smalls – Founder and President of Amazon Labor Union

UNISON were delighted to be joined by Chris Smalls, the founder and President of the Amazon Labor Union (ALU) and his colleagues, Gerald Bryson, President and Co-Founder of The Congress of Essential Workers (TCOEW) and Jordan Flowers, Co-Founder of the ALU and TCOEW. In 2020, Chris led a staged walk out that garnered national attention […]

Highlights from the Year of Black Workers

YOBW campaign successes and highlights to date: Activities and information that are currently on the UNISON resources and bargaining section of the Black members webpage: Ethnicity Pay Gap PowerPoint Presentation Year of Black Worker LGBT+ PowerPoint Quiz We will be launching a new toolkit at the National Delegate Conference in June, aimed at activists, and […]

Year of Black Workers 2023

Connecting Generations and Improving Workplaces through Legacy and Change Whilst progress in the workplace for the Black worker in terms of tackling structural, systemic, and institutional racism has been evident, it has been painfully slow. In 2022, London CNN Business reported that 41% of Black workers in the UK have suffered racism in the workplace […]

Black Lives Matter

The phrase ‘Black Lives Matter’ was seen across our screens and streets following the murder of George Floyd in Minnesota. Black communities asked society and organisations like UNISON, what they would do to tackle racism and discrimination head on. There is a need to demonstrate with actions how we are committed to being an anti-racist […]

Message of Support for the Chris Kaba Campaign

24 year-old Chris Kaba was killed following a police car pursuit on 5 September which ended in South London. An inquest into Mr Kaba’s death will be opened on 4 October. In a statement the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) said it would “explore all of the circumstances surrounding the unarmed father-to-be, including whether […]

UNISON at Carnival

UNISON Returns to Notting Hill Carnival

We were delighted to be back sponsoring Sunshine International Art at this year’s Notting Hill Carnival. Our presence has been a proud tradition of community engagement over several years. The Notting Hill Carnival is Europe’s largest street festival which takes place annually in London the last weekend in August. The Carnival celebrates London’s multicultural past […]

Reconceptualising Power and Unity for the Black Worker

All Black workers face racial oppression. Whilst each Black worker may experience racism, discrimination, and oppression differently, unity within and between Black workers creates greater power to confront the ills of racism. To achieve this, we must reconceptualise power and unity and broaden our reach in the context of our search for fair and equal […]

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Virtual Black Members’ Conference

The 2022 Virtual Black Members’ Conference took place on 27 – 28 May, rescheduled from a physical conference in January due to the pandemic. This year’s theme was Black Members United and Empowered. As the conference was inquorate, delegates voted to suspend Standing Orders. This meant that the debates to follow would not form a […]

Child Q

UNISON’s National Black Members’ Committee (NBMC) and Schools Committee have issued a joint statement on the treatment of Child Q and the actions of those involved in the case. “UNISON are horrified to learn of the strip search of a young Black female (Child Q) of secondary school age, at the hands of the police […]

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Ethnicity Pay Gap Campaign

About the Ethnicity Pay Gap Campaign The Ethnicity Pay Gap (EPG) cost Black workers over £3.2 billion in lost wages in 2018 (Resolution Foundation). This gap is getting wider. The Ethnicity Pay varies across regions and sectors. In London the gap is over 23.8 per cent.  The impact of this loss of pay pushes Black […]

Nominations now open for the 2022 Young Black Member Award

Do you know a Black member, under 27 who should be nominated for the Young Black Member Award? We are looking for branches and regions to nominate young Black members who are active in the union, dedicated to race equality and passionate about improving workplaces. Download the Young Black Member Award nomination form This award […]