The importance of understanding Islamophobia

Racism in all its forms is objectionable. Islamophobia is a more nuanced form of hate. UNISON recognises the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) definition of Islamophobia, which is as follows: ‘Islamophobia is rooted in racism and is a type of racism that targets expressions of Muslimness or perceived Muslimness’ This is just one description – there […]

Racial health inequalities: Redressing the balance

We’ve heard a lot about health inequalities since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, but what are they exactly? Health inequalities are the disparities in occurrence, diagnosis, treatment and outcomes between groups of people. Covid-19 has had a disproportionate impact on Black communities in the UK. A number of factors have contributed to this, including […]

Head shots of speakers to the Fringe: Davena Rankin, Helga Pile, Kebba Maneh and Tim Roberts

Relying on employers to tackle racism will do little to protect Black workers

Fringe event at special delegate conference calls on Black staff to organise, take control and make change happen

Blog: George Floyd’s murder, one year on

The public protests in the wake of George Floyd’s murder challenged corporations and institutions to address the glaring racial disparities in their organisation and in society

UNISON responds to George Floyd’s murder case

“Others who abuse their power must be held to account before the law”

Staying safe during Ramadan

UNISON’s national Black members’ committee wishes ’a blessed Ramadan Mubarak to our Muslim members’ and highlights guidance on staying safe

anti-racism message being held by Black hand in Richmond, Yorkshire

UNISON to help lead union response to the racism report

The union will work with the TUC to address the discredited report from the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities, which downplays structural and institutional racism

Black Lives Matter slogan on a homemade placard at a Yorkshire protest in 2020

UNISON voices disappointment over report into racism in the UK

Questions asked about make-up of commission set up by Number 10 in the wake of Black Lives Matter protests

Heads and shoulders portrait of Roger McKenzie

Blog: The importance of Black people standing up for their rights

The UN International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination reminds us all of what is at stake in the fight against racism

Universities call for urgent action on racial harassment in higher education

“Black staff and students must have the same opportunities to develop their studies and careers as their white counterparts.”

Blog: This avoidable crisis

The Lawrence Review endorses UNISON’s view that decades of discrimination have left Black communities over-exposed and under-protected from COVID-19

Caste: The Lies That Divide Us

As part of Black History Month, we review a new book that explores systems of exploitation, suppression and persecution

Behind the headlines, Magazine on the Magazine site.

Society must do more to tackle structural racism, says UNISON

Urgent action needed to protect Black communities from second wave

Employers must do all they can to reduce COVID impact on Black staff, says UNISON

Findings of risk assessments must be implemented

Bristol health branch helps show racists the red card

‘People voiced exactly how they felt. They pulled no punches’