Disability Equality Duty

Conference warmly welcomes the new disability equality duty that is due to come into force in December 2006, we believe this will provide UNISON with a great new organising tool as well as the opportunity to challenge disability discrimination at work and within public services. It is a strengthened version of the race duty – […]

Prescription Charges and Exemptions

Conference congratulates the Welsh Assembly in agreeing to eliminate the charges that the people of Wales pay for prescription charges. Already reduced to £4 per prescription item, and in the lifetime of the current Welsh Assembly there is commitment to having free prescriptions in Wales by the end of 2006. Conference notes that there are […]

The Social Model of Disability

Many UNISON disabled members that could potentially disadvantage them in the workplace do not identify their individual access requirements. The Disability Discrimination Act definition of a disabled person has recently been extended to define people with MS, HIV and cancer as disabled from a point of diagnosis. We welcome this legislative change as a signal […]

Social Worker Registration

Social workers are now required to register with the General Social Care Council in order to practice legally, and this registration has to be renewed every three years. In so doing they have to complete extensive registration documents that amongst other things ask personal questions within a medical declaration that includes disability status. When completing […]

PROMOTING EQUALITY: INCREASING NATIONAL BLACK MEMBERS’ COMMITTEE MOTIONS TO NATINAL DELEGATE CONFERENCE

Conference notes that since the formation of UNISON in July 1993, Self-Organised Groups (SOGs), who are an integral part of our union, have been able to send two motions, selected from those submitted to their respective conferences, to the union’s decision-making body, the National Delegate Conference. This Conference believes that in order for all SOGs […]

FIGHTING RACISM AND THE BNP

Conference rejects the presence of the BNP and other far right parties in the UK and condemns its role in the increase in racist abuse and racist attacks against our ethnic minority members and communities. Conference welcomes ongoing initiatives being taken to combat racism and the rise of the BNP, such as the programme of […]

HIV/AIDS

This Conference welcomes the British Government’s commitment to support national governments who want to take forward a combination of approaches, balancing the urgent need to prevent new HIV infections with efforts to treat and care for people with HIV and Aids. The nations with the highest HIV infection rates are predominately Black, leading to scaremongering […]

Northern Complainant Aid Fund and the National Complainant Aid Campaign

Conference remains concerned about the drastic cuts in the Commission for Racial Equality’s (CRE) funding of free and accessible community-based frontline Complainant Aid services, which had been the primary resource for black workers seeking advice, support and representation for complaints of race discrimination. Conference believes that despite an increase in anti-discrimination laws, black workers and […]

Race Today in Employment

Conference, BME minorities currently make up 8% of the United Kingdom population, and it is estimated that between (1999) and (2009) that BME minorities will account for half the growth in working-age population of the United Kingdom. Conference it is therefore important that the Government in order to make the best use of the talent […]

Islamaphobia

This Conference is concerned about the Islamaphobia coverage in the media which is feeding fuel to the fire causing racial and religious tension. This conference instructs the NBMC to ask the NEC in partnership with the TUC to make appropriate representation to all levels of the media at national, regional and local levels to ensure […]

National Day For Rememberance of Slavery

The Annual General Meeting of the Greater London Region Black Members calls upon the the National Black Members Committee to support the TUC in their call for Government to recognise the 23rd August as the National Day for the Remembrance of Slavery. This date marks a crucial event in the fight against slavery and the […]