MAKING SENSE OF THE RACE DISCRIMINATION CLAIMS PROTOCOL

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Conference
2011 National Black Members' Conference
Date
7 September 2010
Decision
Carried

Conference notes the introduction of the recent UNISON Race Discrimination Claims Protocol and the invitation to include more Black members in the Race Advisory Panels that assess race cases.

However, though we accept that greater participation of Black members in this process is an improvement on previous practice, it must be noted that in most instances, there may still only be one Black person present on these occasions.

Therefore, it is important that the National Black Members Committee (NBMC) in liaison with the National Executive Council (NEC) ensure the following.

1.That the training which is provided to all panel members includes work on attitudinal, legal and practical dimensions to race cases and that the training is process orientated, consistent and clear in all regions.

2.That every attempt is made to achieve a more racially balanced representation on each panel, where practical and possible.

3.That the protocol is monitored and reviewed in 12 months time by the NBMC and NEC in terms of its application and effectiveness. In particular identifying the problems arising in the use of the protocol, the benefits and improvements in the way that race cases are now being dealt with within the regions. That the findings are then reported back at National Black Members Conference 2012.