BLACK NEC SEATS SHOULD BE ELECTED BY BLACK MEMBERS

This conference would like to raise the issue of the current process of electing Black NEC members to the reserved Black seats. Presently this process is open to the whole membership of our union. We believe that any election to these seats should only be voted on by Black members as the seats are for […]

THE SINGLE EQUALITY BILL

We recognise and welcome the Single Equality Bill which will change Discrimination Legislation in important ways. We recognise the significance of the clause on positive action and measures to redress historic discrimination in the recruitment and promotion of Black and other discriminated groups. However this Bill provides an opportunity to go beyond monitoring statistics and […]

UNITED NATIONAL DURBAN REVIEW CONFERENCE (WORLD CONFERENCE AGAINST RACISM)

This conference welcomes the long awaited review of the United Nations (UN) Durban World Conference Against Racism took place in Geneva from 20th to 24th April 2009. The conference news was dominated by the absence of “key” countries such as America, Canada and Australia and the “controversial” speech by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Iranian Prime Minister […]

SECTION 44 STOP AND SEARCH

It has been reported in the media (BBC London News 6.6.09) that the Metropolitan Police Service in 2008 had stopped 170,000 people which led to only 65 arrests under the Government’s stop and Search Act. This statement if true is disgraceful and needs to be placed in some sort of context. UNISON has long been […]

INCREASING THE ATTENDANCE OF BLACK MEMBERS AT NATIONAL DELEGATES CONFERENCE

The number of Black Members attending National Delegates Conference is significantly low. Often Black Members in our branches are not aware or provided the opportunity to attend National Delegate Conference, despite UNISON having rules on proportionality and fair representation. Currently National Black Members Committee mandates 2 members to attend NDC in line with their constitution. […]

UNISON “A MILLION VOICES” CAMPAIGN

Conference welcomes the launch of the UNISON Million Voices campaign which aims to encourage public service workers and public service users to speak up for public services as the essential foundation of a strong economy and a fair society. Conference notes with concern the severe negative impact of the economic crisis upon Black workers and […]

LABOUR AND THE BLACK COMMUNITY

UNISON has had a long and historic link with the Labour party, but this government is no longer seen as a party for the working class or a party that has any interest in the masses, it continues to use political terminology such as disadvantage to place Black people in society. Therefore offering no hope […]

CAMPAIGN FOR EFFECTIVE EQUALITY LEGISLATION

Black members’ conference welcomes the Government’s proposed commitment to introduce new harmonised and comprehensive equality legislation in the Equality Bill. UNISON Black members have experienced the full effects of the recession and recognise that only strong anti-discrimination legislation, and a proactive public sector duty, will protect both Black communities and the workforce. In particular Conference […]

THE CHALLENGE OF MALARIA CONTROL

Conference commends UNISON’s International work including Action Aid, Water and sanitation in Gaza, creating awareness of corporate tax evasion in developing countries, HIV and Aids in Southern Africa, to name just a few. Conference is, however, concerned about UNISON’s lack of work on the eradication of malaria, a killing machine that has, for so many […]

ENCOURAGING YOUNG BLACK REPRESENTATION IN UNISON

It is well known that young people are the future of this organisation and with that in mind we need a targeted advertising campaign to recruit more young Black members into UNISON, working directly with NUS Black Student campaign, UNISON young members and other Black orientated youth organisations. We call upon National Black Members’ Committee […]

FIGHT AGAINST THE BNP

Conference notes the rise of the far right in Europe. Conference is appalled that two BNP members have been elected as MEP’s in Britain. The economic recession is leading to a further rise in racism and in attacks on the asylum and refugee community, especially in the run up to the General Election. We must […]

BLACK MEMBERS PARTICIPATION IN INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE

This conference welcomes the work of UNISON’s International committee, Labour link and UNISON departments working on a range of issues. However, there is concern that the needs and interests of Black members appear not to be taken as seriously as other sections of UNISON. For instance, the non participation of UNISON at the UN World […]

INTERPRETING SERVICES

No-one is more aware than the Black Members of the biggest public services union in the UK that the proportion of our customers from Black and minority ethnic communities is rising exponentially. Consequently, increasing numbers of those interfacing with statutory and other agencies are unable to communicate in English, and are dependent on the services […]

MONITORING ON REGISTRATION FORMS FOR ALL UNISON EVENTS

Conference notes that there have been a number of motions regarding attendance at national conferences and the mapping of Black members. What is needed is a framework for ongoing and effective evidence based monitoring and scrutiny of these key challenges to Black members’ participation, retention and organisation. Each and every UNISON organised conference, seminar and […]

SECTION 3.1

In section 3.1, at the end of the bullet points add a new point: ·The Black Women’s Caucus Group.