UNISON is delighted to announce that Ameen Hadi (pictured) has won the 2024 Nelson Mandela Award.
The award is given to those who exemplify Nelson Mandela’s values of ‘determination, a desire for unity, and strength in the face of injustice’.
In gratitude to a great man who was an honorary member of UNISON, the national Black members’ committee continues to pay tribute to Nelson Mandela’s legacy and to champion those who live by his standards.
Ameen is a passionate and dedicated anti-racist and advocate for equality, equity, diversity and inclusion.
In Salford, Ameen has been pivotal to the recruitment and organisation of Black members and activists, and integral in building the union’s work in social care and significantly increasing Black member representation at all levels of the branch.
He has challenged employers – including Salford City Council – on its lack of action in tackling racism and oppression, through a combination of offering joint working on training and providing solidarity, but also delivering clear and direct criticism when appropriate.
Beyond Salford, Ameen has utilised his role on the North West Black members’ committee to help develop and support Black members and activists, to campaign on a huge variety of issues, and develop links with external organisations, including Show Racism the Red Card and Unite against Fascism.
UNISON national equality officer Margaret Greer said: “Ameen’s contribution to UNISON and to tackling racism in the workplace has been immense and is well worthy of this award.”