2024 National Black Members Conference

19 – 21 January 2024

The Brighton Centre, Kings Rd, Brighton, Brighton and Hove, Brighton BN1 2GR, 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 19th January to 12.30pm Sunday 21st January 2024. 

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    

09.00 am on Monday, 18 September 2023 

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 an email confirmation from OCS. Deadline for registration is Thursday 26th October 2023 at 12pm.

Use the link below to search for your branch details:

Click here for UNISON Branch Finder

Travel Arrangements

Please consider the impact on the environment when making your decision on how to travel to Conference.

Branches are asked to book all travel arrangements for Conference through Stewart Corporate Travel via email at unison@stewarttravelmanagement.com or call 0800 091 4272. Please advise Stewart Corporate Travel if your delegates have railcards.

Travel can also be booked online using the Steward Travel Online Portal at https://www.gtp-marketplace.com/

Branches are reminded that:

  • Travel costs for Delegates only will be funded from National Office
  • Travel costs for Visitors must be paid for by the branch.  Please note that a booking fee is applicable – further details from Stewart Corporate Travel.

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.

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

Request for first class travel and driving to conference should be made by 12pm Thursday, 5th January 2024.


Booking accommodation – 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

Branches are encouraged to arrange accommodation through Visit Brighton Accommodation Booking Service.  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.  For full details of current availability and for bookings please go to:

Link: https://book.passkey.com/go/UNBMC2024

Email: delegates@visitbrighton.com

Phone: 01273 292626


Time Dates
Deadline for Submission of Motions on the OCS 9:00am Monday, 18 September 2023
Publication of Preliminary Agenda Wednesday, 11 October 2023
Deadline for Submission of Delegates on the OCS 12:00pm Thursday, 26 October 2023
Deadline for Amendments to Motions on the OCS 10:00am Friday, 10 November 2023
Deadline for babysitting and crèche requests on the OCS 12:00pm Thursday, 09 November 2023
Deadline for reasonable adjustment requests for access on the OCS 4:00pm Thursday, 09 November 2023
Publication of Final Agenda Wednesday, 13 December 2023
Deadline for Submission of Emergency Motions on the OCS 10:00am Friday, 05 January 2024
Deadline for reasonable adjustment requests for travel 12:00pm Friday, 05 January 2024
Deadline for Submitting Change of Delegates on the OCS 11:59pm Tuesday, 16 January 2024

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.