2018 Black Members’ Conference

19 – 21 January 2018

BT Centre, Liverpool

The 2018 National Black Members’ Conference Decisions is available to download under the resources section below

January 2018
The Liverpool Waterfront Car Park is closed following a serious fire on New Year’s Eve, please see parking information below.

Pullman Car Park
If you are staying at the Pullman Hotel, you will need to find an alternative car park due to the fire on New Year’s Eve. You can drop your bags off at the hotel before going to park your car, please see attachment below ‘Pullman Car Park – Liverpool’ which shows you the alternative car park. Kings Dock car park behind the hotel is the closest and costs £8 for 24h.

Staybridge Hotel Car Park
If you are staying at the Staybridge, it has limited car park facilities on-site underneath the hotel. The parking will be on a ‘First Come, First Served’ basis, you will need to speak to reception staff on arrival for availability. If you are unable to park underneath the hotel, you can drop your bags off at the hotel. The reception will advise you on which is the best car park to go to. Please see attachment below ‘Staybridge Hotel Car Park’ which shows you alternative car parks.

Registration and enquiries

If you want to attend the conference, please contact your branch, who can register you as a delegate or visitor on the Online Conference System.

If you have any queries about the conference, contact our conference office (see details below).

Please help us to help the environment

We’re doing our best to reduce the environmental impact of our conferences. This year, we are providing all delegates with the chance to opt out of being sent paper copies of our conference materials as part of the delegates’ despatch.  All these documents will be available online via the conference app, and on the UNISON website.  You can then download them onto your laptop or tablet to view online while you are at conference.  If you wish to opt out please indicate this on the ‘Extras’ screen options on the Online Conference System (OCS).  If you do not opt out, you will be sent all documentation in hard copy form.

For further information, please see the ‘Opting Out’ document below.

Venue and accommodation


BT Convention Centre, Kings Dock, Liverpool Waterfront, Liverpool L3 4PF


Branches are encouraged to arrange accommodation through Marketing Liverpool.  Using the booking service supports the work of our members in local government and ensures our continuing ability, as a not-for-profit organisation, to secure preferential rates for our conference venues.

Bookings can be made online at the following link:  https://aws.passkey.com/go/unisonblackmembers18

You can also telephone Marketing Liverpool on: 0151 600 2996 or e-mail conferences@marketingliverpool.co.uk

Travel arrangements

Branches are asked to book all travel arrangements for conference through Stewart Corporate Travel.  Travel applications forms are attached to the conference bulletin below.

Wherever possible, please ensure train tickets are delivered to you directly as collecting them from stations incurs an extra charge.

Travel costs for delegates will be funded nationally; travel costs for visitors must be paid for by the branch.

Branches are responsible for funding their delegates’ and visitors’ attendance at conference.  Subsistence should cover the cost of accommodation, meals, childcare, dependent care and facilitation.

Who should attend

Full details on who can attend, branch representation, proportionality and fair representation are available in the conference bulletin below.

Contact the conference office

UNISON Conference Office, UNISON Centre, 130 Euston Road, London NW1 2AY

Tel: 020 7121 5123