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2011 National Black Members' Conference
8 September 2010

Conference notes that Black members remain concerned with their under representation throughout UNISON structures.

Many branches still don’t have self organised groups while at the same time employers are setting up Black Minority Ethnic Group/Forums. This can not only undermine the unions’ structures and take away branch development opportunities in terms of establishing Self Organised Group’s (SOG) but can also water down the real impact of the current climate faced by Black members, which is more severe than ever before.

It is essential that Black members involve ourselves within our branches and the wider union, taking up positions as stewards and branch officers and thus ensuring that our voices are heard, we are at the forefront of the fight against the cuts and that our branches are equipped to understand and tackle discrimination issues within our workplaces.

In this current climate it has never been more essential that we organise ourselves to save our members jobs.

Conference instructs the National Black Members Committee:

1 To work with branches and regions to encourage the establishment of SOG’s within branches

2 To ensure that Black members voices are at the heart of the Million Voices campaign and that we take this campaign out to our wider Black members and our communities.