Do you know a candidate for UNISON’s Nelson Mandela Award?

UNISON’s Nelson Mandela award will go to a Black member who has gone ‘above and beyond’ to represent Black members.

The award will celebrate their achievements, courage and determination within the union and more widely in society.

UNISON 2015 Black members’ conference established an award that ’embodies his attributes and becomes an annual feature of the conference’.

Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first Black president saw democracy established after decades of apartheid rule which for Black people meant living with years of racial segregation and systemic oppression. His vision was for a truly united South Africa and he became a powerful global figure of resistance.

UNISON is proud to have made Mandela an honorary president and to have stood by him and others in their historic struggle for equality, justice and in ending apartheid.

Amongst our Black membership we recognise that there is an abundance of talent and that there are many people who tirelessly contribute to the fight for racial equality.

The award winner will be invited to attend the next Black members’ conference as a guest of the National Committee where they will be presented with the award.

Submitting a qualifying nomination
  • The nominating body should complete the nomination form
  • Nominations should be supported by branches or regional Black members’ committees
  • Completed forms with all the relevant signatures should be sent by email to or posted to Bukky Akinwale at the UNISON centre, 130 Euston Road NW1 2AY and received by 5pm on 31 August 2016.
  • Signed nomination forms submission deadline ­ 31 August 5pm
  • Award winner contacted and announced ­ 23 September
  • Award presented at 2017 Black members conference, Brighton, 20 – 22 January 2017