Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Bill

Conference deplores the fact that during the Labour Government’s second term of office, asylum and immigration legislation remains oppressive and racially discriminatory. This Conference further condemns the Labour Government’s proposal in the Asylum, Immigration and Nationality Bill that proposes to withdraw the right of appeal from asylum seekers in this country. Conference applauds the work […]

Race Relations (Amendment) Act

Conference welcomes the introduction of the Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000, but believes if it is to provide a framework to improve race equality in public services then UNISON nationally should be preparing regions and branches to face the challenges ahead by ensuring the Stephen Lawrence Report is acted upon by responding to the MacPherson […]

Support the European Social Forum

Conference welcomes the organisation of a European Social Forum (ESF) in Italy in November 2002. We believe the ESF will be a unique chance for anti-racist activists and trade unionists from across Europe to come together and discuss how to organise against free market policies and Bush and Blair’s war. We support the Call of […]

Black Representation

Conference believes that UNISON black members should be represented at all local and national conferences and should also be represented on all committees throughout the UNISON structures on the same basis as low paid members and women members are currently represented. Conference therefore asks the National Black Members Committee to work with the National Executive […]

Race Riots

Conference applauds the contributions made by the black community leaders in bringing peace and harmony to the race riot torn cities in Britain last summer 2001. Britain saw some of the worse forms of race riots in cities like Oldham, Burnley and Bradford due to the weak local political leadership, poor regeneration initiatives and inequitable […]

Diwali and Ramadan Celebrations

Conference believes that the National Black Members’ Committee over the last five years has compromised the attendance of black members from the Hindu and the Muslim community in attending the National Black Members’ Conference. Each year the National Black Members’ Conference is scheduled in either late October or early November and therefore these dates have […]

Fair Representation and Proportionality

Conference calls upon the National Black Members’ Committee (NBMC) to work with the National Executive Council and the other self-organised groups in drafting a set of workable guidelines, to achieve fair representation, to take into account race once and for all in all structures within UNISON from the National Executive Council, service group executives and […]

Pay Audits

This Conference welcomes the publication of the TUC’s pamphlet ‘Black and Underpaid – How black workers lose out on pay’, which clearly demonstrates that black workers continue to be discriminated against in terms of pay. This Conference is perturbed that despite nearly a generation of race relations in Britain that black workers still earn less […]

Recruitment into Local Authorities

Conference believes that despite legislation of the Race Relations Amendments Act local authorities in Great Britain are not doing enough to recruit black people into their organisations. Conference also believes that UNISON should form a broad based coalition with other unions to redress this unfair situation. Conference therefore asks the National Executive Council to instruct […]

Iraq

Conference strongly believes it is now time for the international community to end the ten year war and sanctions against Iraq. Conference further notes that United Nations Humanitarian Co-ordinator, Hans Von Sponeck, has directly attributed over 350 civilian deaths and 1,000 civilian casualties to the United States and United Kingdom bombing of Iraq over the […]

War Against Terrorism and US Policy on Nuclear Weapons

Conference strongly believes that an inability to discover where Osama bin Laden is must not used as a pretext to extend the war against Afghanistan into other countries. The United States (US) has made it clear that it intends to send military action against Iraq, Somalia, Sudan or any of the 60 countries on the […]

Pakistan

Conference looks forward to the return of Pakistan to full membership of the Commonwealth and recalls the commitment made by General Musharraf of a return of democratic government in Pakistan. We urge the National Black Members’ Committee, National Executive Council, International Committee, National Affiliated Political Fund and UNISON Link MPs to: 1)Press the Government of […]

Rights of Dalit Peoples

Conference is deeply disappointed that the World Conference Against Racism held in Durban in August of last year failed to address the issue of caste discrimination and related forms of discrimination based on work and descent. Conference recognises the positive contribution to the Conference of Dalit representatives from India and of affected people from several […]

War on Palestine

This Conference notes with grave concern that: 1)The Israeli Government has declared war against the Palestinian Authority. The situation inside the compound of Palestine is very disturbing not only for Palestine but also for the international communities; 2)There have been no medical and food supplies left and that there are still casualties that require urgent […]