Raising the profile of Black activists

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2013 National Black Members' Conference
18 September 2012

Conference notes the motions carried at 2009 Black Members’ Conference regarding raising the profile of Black activists and increasing the number of Black members involved at branch, regional and national levels within the union.

Conference also notes the Leadership School where activists can take steps to develop their leadership skills and take up positions of increased responsibility. Members who have attended this school have gone on to become branch secretaries and employed staff.

Conference calls on the National Black Members’ Committee to:

1)Remind branches and members of the support and guidance available to Black members to become activists

2)Work with the NEC to identify funding for joint initiatives, including advertising and young Black students’ training days, with the NUS Black Students’ Campaign to ensure that UNISON works with young Black students to encourage them to join UNISON and become active within its structures.

3)Take other initiatives to reflect and encourage the diversity of UNISON Black members, including Black LGBT people, Black women and Black Disabled people.