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2015 National Black Members' Conference
17 September 2014

Nelson Mandela once said: “Education is the most powerful weapon which we can use to change the world”. However, Conference is disappointed to hear that many Black women members and activists are not taking up the opportunity to attend UNISON training courses. Anecdotal evidence would suggest that there are two reasons for this. Firstly, it has been suggested that many Black women are not aware of UNISON’s training courses. Secondly, if they are aware of the course, they may not know who to approach for further assistance to apply and attend the course.

However, in order to increase the participation of Black women in UNISON courses conference recognises that it will take more than just the efforts of the NBMC. Conference delegates also have a responsibility to raise awareness of UNISON courses and offer support to our Black sisters to attend the courses.

Conference therefore, calls on the National Black Members’ Committee to work with the Learning and Organising Section (LAOS) to:

1)Review the attendance monitoring data to quantify the extent of the problem;

2)Develop a robust communications strategy to ensure Black women members and activists are not unintentionally excluded from courses;

3)Write regular articles for Black Action highlighting UNISON courses;

4)Liaise with the National Women’s Committee to highlight training opportunities through their communication channels as well;

5)Report back to the 2016 Black members’ conference with the outcome of the review and communication strategy.