Black members news

The importance of understanding Islamophobia

Racism in all its forms is objectionable. Islamophobia is a more nuanced form of hate. UNISON recognises the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) definition of Islamophobia, which is as follows: ‘Islamophobia is rooted in racism and is a type of racism that targets expressions of Muslimness or perceived Muslimness’ This is just one description – there […]

A picture of the dish Goan Cataplana

Members share their favourite recipes

Meals are an important part of cultural identity. Though food consumed varies by country and culture, the ceremony of eating unites us. Sharing meals is often grounded in family traditions and these traditions contribute to who we are. Factors such as who prepares the meal, who eats with us, and whether any religious customs are […]

Out and proud but in crisis in Ghana

Written by Davis Mac-Iyalla, Interfaith Diversity Network of West Africa (IDNOWA) Fellow Comrades and Allies, I want to share my journey with you. It involves my mission for LGBT+ inclusion in eleven West African countries.  While I would have enjoyed sharing some of the pleasant parts of my story, now is not the time. We […]

Racial health inequalities: Redressing the balance

We’ve heard a lot about health inequalities since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, but what are they exactly? Health inequalities are the disparities in occurrence, diagnosis, treatment and outcomes between groups of people. Covid-19 has had a disproportionate impact on Black communities in the UK. A number of factors have contributed to this, including […]

Black members at special conferences

June is a busy month for UNISON. Our conferences bring members together to decide the union’s policies and priorities. Branches, self-organised groups and other bodies submit motions on what they want to see happen and members then have the opportunity to vote on them. Special Delegate Conference This year there is a Special Delegate Conference […]

screenshot of the National Black Members' Committee in one of their teams meetings

Who are the National Black Members’ Committee?

NBMC members are from different ethnicities, different faiths, with different accents and different life experience but we have one common goal – race equality.

Nominations now open for the 2022 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.

NBMC welcomes the conviction of George Floyd’s murderer

The world witnessed a murder and responded to injustice. It has been a long time coming in America with its history of police brutality, often culminating in the deaths of Black people in custody. This just verdict sends a message across the world that Black Lives Matter, and that people from all walks of life […]

Remembering George Floyd

Tuesday 25th May was the anniversary of the murder of George Floyd. Trades Union Congress (TUC) and Stand up to Racism encouraged trade unionists and anti-racism organisations to mark the anniversary in their workplaces. The UNISON Centre in Euston Road was illuminated purple as a reminder to all those passing by. UNISON also encouraged branches […]

Nominations now open for the 2021 Young Black Member Award

Do you know a Black member, under 27 who should be nominated for the Young Black Member Award?