Black voters key at the general election

Research by Operation Black Vote shows that while the coalition currently governs with a working majority of 83 seats, the Black vote could decide moret han 160 seats in the next general election.

This is clearly an opportunity for Black voters to effectively engage in and influence policy to tackle persistent race inequality.

UNISON believes that one way to challenge the disparity on issues affecting the Black community – such as stop and search, high unemployment, poor educational outcomes and cuts to community and voluntary organisations – is by voting.

Organising the Black vote must be part of the fightback that speaks to politicians in a language they respond to. The next political leader must be clear that putting race on the agenda is no longer a choice but a matter for their political survival.

UNISON is now organising a series of Care for it? Vote for it! events to be held in England and Wales for members. The events will aim to empower, engage and encourage members on issues directly affecting them by registering to vote and voting in the next general election.

Members should:

  • ensure they are registered to vote; 
  • register for a postal vote where possible;
  • contact your regional Black members’ committee to find out when Care for it? Vote for it! events are taking place in your region;
  • read the report by Operation Black Vote Power of the Black vote 2015;
  • sign up to support the campaign by emailing


Operation Black Vote

Power of the Black Vote 2015 report [pdf]

Black members in UNISON