2023 National Black Members Conference

20 – 22 January 2023

The Exchange, Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 150 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8EE, UK

UNISON’s National Black Members Self-Organised Group Committee has agreed to hold a National Black Members Self-Organised Group Conference from 1.00pm Friday 20 January to 12.30pm Sunday 22nd January 2023. 

We have now opened the Online Conference System (OCS) to allow branches to register delegates and submit motions in line with the rule-book requirements.     

Please note the deadline to submit motions on OCS is    

12.00 noon on Friday, 30 September 2022 

UNISON’s National Black Members Self-Organised Group Conference takes place over three days. All delegates and visitors may attend all sessions of conference but voting on motions is restricted to delegates only. Delegates should attend all sessions of Conference.   

The conference bulletin will have further information on motion submission from the SOC and submission deadlines.  

Delegates should contact their branch to be registered through the OCS.    

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 (OCS). Once you are registered you will receive a email confirmation from OCS.

If you have any queries about the conference, please email conferences@unison.co.uk

Travel Arrangement

Branches are asked to book all travel arrangements for conference through Stewart Corporate Travel by emailing


or telephone:

0800 091 4272

Travel costs for Delegates be funded nationally;
Branches are responsible for funding their visitors attendance at conference. Subsistence should cover the cost of accommodation, meals, childcare, dependent care and facilitation.

Conference Travel should be booked by the cheapest possible means.

Driving is discouraged for conference unless delegates are travelling together or as a reasonable adjustment. Total reclaimable will be the cost of standard tickets or cost of car travel – whichever is the lesser.

The 250 mile / upgraded or 1st Class travel rule is not applicable for conference travel

All travel requests (including upgraded or 1st Class Travel) as a reasonable adjustment must be reviewed and authorised by the Head of Conferences.


Please book any accommodation required with a reputable provider with a generous cancellation policy.

Please ensure that members have written confirmation of any booked and paid for accommodation.


Deadline for Submission of Motions on the OCS 12pm Friday, 30 September 2022
Publication of Preliminary Agenda Monday, 17 October 2022
Deadline for Submission of Delegates on the OCS 12:00pm Thursday, 27 October 2022
Deadline for Amendments to Motions on the OCS Monday, 21 November 2022
Deadline for babysitting and crèche requests on the OCS 12:00pm Thursday, 10 November 2022
Deadline for reasonable adjustment requests for access on the OCS 16:00 Thursday, 15 December 2022
Publication of Final Agenda Monday, 12 December 2022
Deadline for Submitting Change of Delegates on the OCS 11:59pm Monday, 16 January 2023
Deadline for Submission of Emergency Motions on the OCS Friday, 13 January 2023

Personal Pronouns

It is now possible to add your personal pronouns to the online conference system so that they can appear on your credentials.

For information on how to do this, please visit the UNISON website, click on events, choose your conference and scroll to the documents at the bottom of the page and open “Personal pronouns in OCS – User guide”.

If you require help, please email the conference team, conferences@unison.co.uk or telephone, 0207 121 5123.


Conference Motions