Barriers to Progression and Promotions for Black Employees

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2008 National Black Members' Conference
16 September 2007
Carried as Amended

This NBMC is deeply concerned that Black workers experience severe

disadvantage in job promotion and career progression prospects. In line with UNISON’s objective of negotiating and bargaining on behalf of members and promoting equality, this NBMC asks NEC to work with the National Black Members’ Committee to:

1)Produce a report which collates statistics from each service group showing the distribution of Black workers by grade in each service group;

2)Commission qualitative research interviewing Black employees in each service group to establish barriers to progression and promotion;

3)Draw up practical solutions to remove these barriers for Black employees with an implementation plan and timeline for delivering the identified practical solutions;

4)Publish quarterly progress reports on this work on the UNISON website on the status of the implementation plan for delivering the identified practical solutions;

5)Publish the statistical report; qualitative interview research report; recommendations for practical solutions to remove barriers to promotion and progression for Black employees, and the implementation plan and timeline on the UNISON website to ensure the widest distribution and information sharing.