National Day For Rememberance of Slavery

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2005 National Black Members' Conference
12 September 2004
Carried as Amended

The Annual General Meeting of the Greater London Region Black Members calls upon the the National Black Members Committee to support the TUC in their call for Government to recognise the 23rd August as the National Day for the Remembrance of Slavery. This date marks a crucial event in the fight against slavery and the uprising in St Domingo in 1791.

The United Nations has marked 2004 as a special year for the commemoration of the struggle against slavery and its abolition. It is important that the Government recognise the contribution the slave trade had made to the economic development, wealth, and culture of this country.

Although slavery maybe perceived by western countries as being abolished it is still a part of every day life in parts of Africa, Asia, India, Southern America and the Caribbean through the exploitation of cheap labout often exploiting women and children as a result of the capitalist west.

It is important that our story is remembered it is important that our contributions are recognized and it is important that we remember our struggle continues in our fight against racism.

Conference instructs the NBMC to:

1. Develop through all twelve RBMC’s a region wide celebration of the abolition of slavery in their region during the month of August.

2. Create through partnerships with employers and the union a celebratory event that acknowledges our contribution throughout history before and after the slave trade was abolished.

3. Work with the NEC to support branches in developing an action plan with clearly identified guidance.

4. Work with Regional Committee/Councils and all branches to ensure that the resources are made available for the development of this work to be delivered annually.