Our new Black Members Group is set up to support the Branch's Black members and we are aiming to hold our first committee meeting in October.
We urgently need more Black members to complete our Committee. Please contact either Dave Forde if you're interested or for more details.
The Committee will meet to:
• set the aims and objectives of the Black Members Group
• discuss and address local issues affecting Black members
• positively impact Black members’ experience in the union
• build a support network for Black members facing problems at work
• provide a forum for the debate of race equality issues.
What does 'Black' mean in UNISON?
In UNISON, ‘Black’ – with a capital B – is used to indicate people with a shared history.
‘Black’ is used in an inclusive sense to describe people in the UK who have suffered from colonialism in the past and continue to experience racism and diminished opportunities in today’s society.
The terms ‘minority ethnic’ and ‘ethnic minority’ are in widespread official use. But these terms have negative connotations of being marginal or less important.
Language changes and evolves but terminology is always important in terms of intention and direction.
Using ‘Black’ is about creating unity in the fight against deep-rooted racism that sees Black people disadvantaged in housing, education, employment and the criminal justice and health systems.