UNISON Black Members Update

2014 UNISON Black Members’ Conference

The 2014 UNISON Black members’ conference took place on 17 – 19 January at the Brighton Centre. Speakers included General Secretary, Dave Prentis, UNISON President, Maureen Le Marinel, Sadiq Khan MP, Junior Smart, St. Giles Trust and Marcia Rigg, Sean Rigg Justice Campaign. To view the press releases on the conference, click on the links below:

·       Black members are ‘stronger in UNISON’, conference hears

·       Prentis tells politicians to show an alternative

·       Khan urges members to become politically involved

For the record of decision for the 2014 National Black Members’ Conference, click on the link below:

Record of decisions for the 2014 Black Members conference.

National Black Members’ Conference Motion to NDC

The two motions selected from the motions passed at the 2014 National Black Members’ Conference to go to National Delegate Conference (NDC) are Composite A – Budget Cuts and the Impact of Austerity on Black Workers and Communities and motion 12 – Zero Hour Contracts and impact on Black Workers.

Black Action: Spring 2014 Edition

For the latest edition of Black Action, visit: http://www.unison.org.uk/catalogue/22031

New campaign materials for Black members

The National Black members’ committee has produced campaign materials to promote the visibility of Black members in UNISON and to support members to recruit, engage and organised. The materials are available for use by branches and regions.

Materials can be ordered using the form and contact details at https://www.unison.org.uk/upload/sharepoint/Briefings%20and%20Circulars/Black%20members%20resources%202013.pdf.

The Four new postcards are also available to order from UNISON’s online catalogue for free; stock number is 3276.

Race Discrimination Case protocol Review

The Race Discrimination Case Protocol is currently under review to assess the effectiveness and application of the Protocol across the union. We are now seeking feedback from regions. Response should be informed by regional officers and the regional Black members’ committee representatives as indicated on the questionnaire previously circulated.

Questionnaire response will form part of the final report and recommendations. To have feedback included regions yet to respond should return questionnaires by 5th February 2014. For further queries relating to this, contactk.campbell@unison.co.uk.

New Phone number for UNISON

UNISON is changing its main contact number. From January 2014, UNISON will be using a new freephone number – 0800 0 857 857 – instead of the current 0845 number. This number will cover both our UNISONdirect helpline and the central switchboard number for contacting UNISON head office and regions. The 0800 recruitment hotline number used on our recruitment materials stays the same.

For more information, visit: http://www.unison.org.uk/new-phone-number-for-unison.

Justice Alliance Petition

The Justice Alliance petition spearheaded by Joanna Lumley is campaigning to save legal aid and protect access to justice for all. This petition has had an excellent response and has reached 10,000 signatures in less than a week. It would be great to accelerate the numbers up to 100,000 signatures, which could lead to it becoming a story about the widespread support for legal aid and access to justice. Justice Alliance are asking if you can find ten people this week to sign and ask each to find ten more so that a chain could be created. For more information on this campaign, visit:


Black members are tweeting

UNISON national Black members have joined Twitter. Please follow @BlackUNISON to keep updated on UNISON race equality campaigns and activities.

If you need any further advice or assistance, please do not hesitate to contact Khadiee Campbell and Bukky Akinwale by email at blackmembers@unison.co.uk

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