Implementation of the Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000

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2002 National Black Members' Conference
6 June 2002
Carried as Amended

UNISON has worked tirelessly since the death of Stephen Lawrence to influence a change to the Race Relations Act. We now have those changes and must continue to make a concentrated commitment throughout UNISON at all levels to ensure that all employers, including private sector employers adhere to the recommendations and their statutory duties under the Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000.

Conference therefore asks the National Black Members’ Committee to:

1)Take the lead and be proactive in creating formal links at local, regional and national levels and black and minority ethnic community groups;

2)Closer and meaningful liaison with black legal professionals and regional race equality councils as well as the Commission for Racial Equality (CRE);

3)Seek to work with the National Executive Council to issue a concise and definitive guide to negotiating with employers on how to implement their Lawrence action plans. These action plans must have clear targets and outcomes with built in powers of scrutiny through the Commission for Race Equality;

4)Encourage branches through national and corporate agreements to work in partnership with all relevant employers in adhering to their duties under the Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000;

5)Ask the National Executive Council to give priority to creating a monitoring database on the following:

a)The number of internal and external complaints made and details of outcomes;

b)Referral made to external agencies, namely Thompsons Solicitors, Race Equality Council, CRE and via branches, regions and national;

c)Information on outcomes to be made available to stakeholders, namely regional black members’ committees, National Black Members’ Committee, National Executive Council and that information to form the basis of reports annually to National Delegate Conference.