Join the Race Equality and Social Justice Campaign for a Living Wage

The coalitions government’s ongoing austerity measures, cuts to jobs and public services, pay freezes in the public sector, privatisation, low pay, lack of socially affordable housing, the bedroom tax, rent increases, and zero hour contracts are all key elements in the current drastic reduction of living standards experienced by Black workers and Black communities since […]

Organising the Black vote

The results from the 2011 Census showed that in England and Wales approximately 14% of the population identified as non white. This is a rise from the 2001 Census figure of 7.9%. The Census results also revealed the greater dispersal of Black people across the UK. This changing demographic across the UK, coupled with a […]

Extending the Definition of Hate Crime

Conference notes with alarm that there has been a significant drop in the reporting of Hate Crime to the relevant authorities in the last few years. Conference also notes that there has been an escalating attack on Mosques, Muslim shops, Muslim people and their families, yet this is not covered in the legislation as a […]

Stop and Search is a Discriminatory Practice against the Black Communities

Conference, the 1999 McPherson report uncovered deep rooted institutional racism within the Metropolitan Police Force. In the aftermath of this report the police were forced to review stop and search practices, as these were a very obvious manifestation of police prejudice. However, recent years have seen police forces return to their old ways. The figures […]

Protecting members against racism in the workplace

Migrant workers continue to be extremely vulnerable to race discrimination and false allegations of abuse from patients / care home residents and their families. They are also less likely to have colleagues coming forward as supportive witnesses. While UNISON already supports its members from overt racist discrimination from an employer, there is not always a […]

Zero hour contracts and impact on Black Workers

Conference, since the coalition have taken power there has been mass redundancies, with many jobs being frozen and those who have survived are facing massive attacks on pay and conditions and threats of zero hour contracts. Black workers appear to be disproportionately affected by this. Government figures suggest there are approximately 250,000 people on zero […]

NMC criteria for overseas nurses

Many of our fellow migrant workers, who are registered nurses in their own country, have been working here as care assistants because they did not obtain the results required by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) for their English (IELTS) test (i.e. 7 in each section). The results required are of a very high standard– […]

Mental health issues for Black workers

Conference notes: a)The findings of the 2005 “Count Me In” census in England and the following censuses that people from Black Caribbean, Black African and other Black backgrounds are over represented in psychiatric care. b)The report by Care Quality Commission published in 2010 that found that 23% of mental health inpatients were from Black communities […]

Challenging Anti-Immigration Campaigns

Conference notes with concern the decision by the Home Office and the United Kingdom Border Agency (UKBA) to trial the use of vans with the slogans “Here illegally? Go home or face arrest.” This slogan, with its echoes of the National Front in the 1970s and 1980s will alarm several Black workers and residents. The […]

Attacks on Muslims and Campaigning Against Hate

UNISON’s National Delegate Conference condemned the brutal murder of Lee Rigby, a serving soldier, in Woolwich on 22 May 2013. It was an event that was shocking and horrific, and left the nation numb with bewilderment. We pay tribute to the family of Mr Rigby who have appealed for no reprisal attacks to take place […]

Campaign for a European Recognition of Slavery

Mr. Jean-Jacob Bicep and Ms. Eva Joly, courageous Green MEPs from France, who are championing the promotion in and outside the European Parliament, under Rule 123 of the Parliament’s Rules of Procedure, of the Written Declaration on Establishing a European Day in Recognition of the Victims of European Colonisation and Colonial Slavery, submitted on 15th […]

Effects on the Black Community after Woolwich

Lee Rigby’s murder shocked a nation. His funeral held on 12th July 2012 was both moving and reminded us all of his brutal killing which made a nation hold its breath with disbelief and sent a message that every UK citizen on our streets were not safe, if we do nothing. The personal tragedy for […]