UNISON is fighting for equal rights and respect for black people in the union, at work and in life. Black workers covered by a union can expect to earn over a third more than non-unionised black workers.
Camden’s Black Workers’ Group relaunched in 2013 and its next meeting will be on 26th January 2017 in 5PS. Please come along and have your say.
How we are organised
Branch black workers groups/committees
Branches are encouraged to set up branch black workers groups which meet to discuss local terms and conditions, build a support network for members facing problems at work and provide a forum for the debate of race equality issues. These groups also assist members in gaining the confidence to get involved in other levels of the union.
Regional black members committees
Each of UNISON’s 12 regions has a regional black members’ committee, which meets regularly. Regional black members committees are involved in a whole range of activities – taking up places on the regional structures to represent black members, supporting and helping the establish branch black workers groups and working closely with the other self-organised groups in UNISON. If you want to find out where your local black members’ group is based in your area or want to know more about your regional black members’ group and what they do on your behalf invite your regional black members’ contact to your next branch meeting to do a presentation, or just telephone them for advice.
National black members’ self-organisation
Black members self-organisation at a national level is co-ordinated by the national black members committee, made up of the regional representatives and representatives from the national committees representing lesbian gay bisexual and transgender members, women members and disabled members. A national black members conference is held every year where black members from branch and regional groups meet to discuss issues and decide on their priorities for the coming year.The national black members’ committee is a recognised part of the union structure and works with other national committees, such as the national executive council and national negotiators, to ensure that race equality is kept at the heart of UNISON’s activities.