Black members in UNISON work to improve equality in the workplace and challenge racism and discrimination.
Your local Black Members’ Officer is: Edith Amo-Mensah
Black members have many of the same concerns as other members regarding access to employment, pay, promotion and training. However, racist discrimination can deepen the impact of problems faced in the workplace.
UNISON’s Black members’ group (known as a self-organised group) campaigns for equality in the workplace and the wider community.
Joining UNISON helps you play an active and important role in every aspect of achieving equality in your workplace.
Black members’ role in UNISON
In dealing with discrimination we support workers not just in formal procedures but by developing effective responses to deeply rooted patterns of discrimination.
Many Black members take an active role in both assessment and promotion of equality in the workplace.
Challenging racism in the workplace is crucial to UNISON’s work because no workplace where racism is allowed to flourish can ever be effectively organised.
Equality legislation provides trade unions with the means to hold employers to account, but the principles of equality can only become a reality in our workplaces if we organise around them and place them on the bargaining agenda with employers.
There is a whole spectrum of activity that members can be involved in from becoming a workplace contact to sitting on one of UNISON’s national committees.
Joining UNISON is the first step but all members can get involved in working for a fair workplace.
How Black members are organised
UNISON is committed to increasing its representation and participation of Black people within the union.
It is important that there is a visible and vocal presence of the Black members’ experience. Black members’ self-organised groups (SOGs) work in partnership with other parts of the union to identify and promote our race equality agenda.
Commenting on today’s Queen’s Speech, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “Ministers are living in a parallel universe. Years of harsh spending cuts have caused huge damage to public services across the country.
“People have had enough of austerity, and want proper investment in schools, hospitals, police forces and local services. Yet there was none of this in the Queen’s Speech.
“Nor was there anything about pay. Nurses, teaching assistants, council workers, care staff and other public sector employees should be rewarded for their hard work with a long overdue wage rise. The pay cap has left them extremely hard up and must go.”
This briefing note gives information regarding a proposed ‘Anti Trump Protest March’ through Nottingham City Centre on Monday 20th February, at 17:30 hours. A crowd of approximately 1000 people will participate.
This is part of a national march organised in Nottingham, by Nottingham People’s Assembly supported by the Nottingham National Union of Teachers, Nottingham Stand up to Racism, Nottingham Stop the War and East Midlands CND.
See link below via Facebook – events in Nottingham
‘’On 20 February, Parliament will debate whether Trump is allowed to make an official state visit to the UK. Theresa May has invited him, but since then nearly 2 million have signed a petition saying Trump isn’t welcome here. Let’s #standuptoTrump – no to Islamophobia, no to racism, no to sexism.
We will march from the Forest Recreation ground – meeting near the Homemade Cafe from 5.30 – to the Market Square.’’
The march will commence at the Forest Recreation Ground at 17:30. The route will be:
Forest Recreation Ground – Mansfield Road – Milton Street – Upper Parliament Street to Speakers Corner in the Market Square.
An action plan will be devised to mitigate the effects on the Public Highway at 17:30 on Monday 20th February 2017.
Nottinghamshire Police have been advised by telephone and email
Traffic Control Centre – will be monitoring the traffic signals along this route. Information will be sent via communications such as Twitter on Monday morning to gives drivers time to reroute the journey home if necessary. Contact Steve O’Sullivan on 0115 8765254
The Press Office and Councillors will be informed.