UNISON have had a significant presence at the Notting Hill Carnival for several years. As UNISON celebrate 30 years, we were delighted that a delegation of UNISON volunteers, banner, flags and t-shirts where present to reflect UNISON’s current campaign priorities including the Year of Black Workers, Ethnicity Pay Gap and Compensation for the Windrush Generation.
The key messages and target for UNISON campaigns to build on our strong links with community groups.
While the huge numbers of people attending are an obvious target to help raise UNISON’s profile, UNISON also network with the organisations and community groups taking part in the Carnival.
We have featured a community organiser from the Carnival as a legacy profile in our Black History Month brochure and use these networks to circulate UNISON campaigns and relevant activities throughout the year. We will also showcase UNISON’s Year of Black Workers merchandise.
The Carnival attracts thousands of young people from a variety of backgrounds, many of whom will be supporters of community cohesion. UNISON recognise with their involvement in this event it is an opportunity to demonstrate our shared values to attract new members interested in all aspects of equality.
Over the two days we were able to promote UNISON’s campaigning activity, including inviting people to join UNISON, Love Music, Hate Racism, Stand Up to Racism and National Education Union around the parade, as well as promote the equality strategy and UNISON’s Year of Black Workers mission statement ‘Establishing Legacy to Generate Change’.