Dementia the effects on Black people

Dementia is not a disease in fact; it is a group of signs and symptoms. Some of the symptoms may include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language and a person with dementia may also experience changes in their mood or behaviour. Dementia is caused when the brain is damaged by diseases, such […]

Women and Automation

Women and Automation Conference notes that automation and digitisation of jobs is changing the nature, quality, and distribution of employment, not just within sectors such as manufacturing and distribution, but in the sphere of public services too. This means that there is a mistaken view that Automation affects jobs that are predominantly done by men. […]

Black graduates and Black workers pay gap

Conference acknowledges that equal pay is an issue that affect not only Black graduates and workers. However, Black graduates and workers are more disproportionately affected. Conference notes that once upon a time it was said that Black people are not in the top earners because of a lack of opportunity in education. Whilst some progress […]

Femicide – not an isolated incident

The killing of a woman, especially in a domestic setting, is often reported as an ‘isolated incident with no further threat to the public’. Such descriptions dismiss the scale of the issue, and diminish the fact that gender-based violence is a society-wide issue. This conference applauds the work of Karen Ingala-Smith (Chief Executive of Nia […]

Stop Porn Culture

The pornography industry has pushed its way into our lives, distorting our conceptions of sex and sexuality. Pornography offers people a vision of sexuality rooted in men’s domination of women and women’s acceptance of their own degradation. Pornography is not simply the sexist, naked Playboy photos from earlier times. Those pin-up-type centrefolds look tame when […]

Creating, building and strengthening Black community links

Conference, notes the damaging decline in numbers and workplace density as a result of job losses across various sector groups, disproportionately in local government where we have had a high concentration of Black member employment. This has reduced our effectiveness in the workplace, impact in collective bargaining negotiations and most importantly member engagement. However, despite […]

Black workers fighting austerity

This conference notes the austerity agenda following the economic recession of 2007/8 has resulted in a massive attack on public services. The public sector has shrunk as a proportion of Gross Domestic Product (GDP). This has led to fewer workers delivering services in an often highly stressed situation. However, austerity for the richest 1,000 people […]

Engaging Black youth in the political arena

Conference notes that the fantastic general election campaign of Jeremy Corbyn had an electric effect on young people with an estimated two thirds of young people voting for Corbyn and a record turn out of young people of 64 percent. Conference also notes the report from Runneymede Trust analysing the election results that stated that […]

Statistics and non-statistics re Black workers

This conference is concerned that there is anecdotal evidence that: 1)Black workers do not receive equal secondment/training opportunities. 2)Black workers leave school not proportionally achieving the same as their counterparts. 3)Black workers do not climb the career ladder at the same speed as their white co-workers. 4)Black workers are not proportionality represented in the boardroom. […]

The experience of Black people in Higher Education (HE) institutions

Conference notes with alarm and concern the steady decrease in numbers of first-time applicants to university which has decreased by 5 percent for United Kingdom (UK) students and 7 percent for the EU students. These figures are particularly concerning when broken down by age group where we will find the number of 19-year-old applicants has […]

Under reporting of hate crime against Sikhs

Conference notes that it is widely acknowledged that there is under-reporting of anti-Sikh hate crimes. In recent years Sikhs have been susceptible to attacks, in particular due to their distinct identity in the form of the Dastar (turban) or other religious iconography. In some cases Sikhs are the victims of hate crimes where the perpetrators […]

Black members losing out

This Conference notes that UNISON’s equality survey 2017 saw 461 Black members who responded, which equals 4 percent of the total who participated. This Conference also notes that of those Black members, 50 percent said that their standard of living was worse than a year ago, compared with the overall survey which showed 43 percent […]