Stand Up To Racism has launched a statement for a major campaign to defend EU migrants rights in the wake of a racist attack by Boris Johnson’s cabinet, signed by Diane Abbott, Alf Dubs, several trade union leaders, MPs, MEPs, local politicians, faith group leaders and anti racist activists and published in the Guardian.

Locally we want to gather as many signatures and to put this statement in the local press. We are asking our supporters to help by:     

Signing the statement online HERE.

Download the statement as a petition HERE to use in workplaces, colleges and communities.


 UNISON voices needed for EHRC survey

Racial harassment in higher education: our inquiry

The Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is running two surveys – one for higher education staff and one for higher education students. They want to hear from staff and students who have experienced, witnessed or helped in an incident of racial harassment from September 2015 onwards.


We welcome individuals meeting the following criteria to participate in the staff survey:

  • you were employed as a member of staff, either academic or non-academic, by a publicly funded higher education institution at any time between September 2015 and now
  • you worked at publicly funded higher education institution in England, Scotland or Wales
  • you experienced or witnessed racial harassment in this setting, or helped someone who was

Complete the racial harassment survey for staff (link to Smart Survey) 

The deadline for completing the survey is Friday 15 February 2019.


Forthcoming UNISON events and meetings

If you are interested in attending any of the following events, click the event for further details.

UNISON National Deaf (BSL) Members network meeting, 27 June, UNISON Centre

UNISON National Disabled LGBT Members network meeting, 27 June, UNISON Centre

UNISON National Disabled Black Members network meeting, 28 June 2018, UNISON Centre

UNISON National Disabled Women Members network meeting, 28 June, UNISON Centre

National UNISON transgender & non-binary members meeting, 19 July, UNISON Centre

National UNISON bisexual members meeting, 19 July, UNISON Centre

UNISON National Disabled LGBT Members network meeting, 8 August,  UNISON Centre

UNISON National Deaf (BSL) Members network meeting, 8 August, UNISON Centre

UNISON National Disabled Women Members network meeting, 9 August, UNISON Centre

UNISON National Disabled Black Members network meeting, 9 August, UNISON Centre 

UNISON National Disabled LGBT members meeting, 13 September 2018, UNISON Centre

National UNISON Black LGBT members meeting, 14 September, UNISON Centre


stand up to racismSaturday 18 March 2017  Stand Up To Racism National Demonstration  London
Stand Up To Racism has called a national demonstration to coincide with the UN Anti-Racism Day. Find details of transport from Sheffield.

Over 50 MPs, peers, trade unionists and Jewish and Muslim leaders have joined together in backing a ‘Stand Up to Trump Stand Up to Racism’ demonstration. 

The demonstration is backed by Doreen Lawrence, Rabbi Lee Wax and members of The Muslim Council of Britain and is supported by shadow cabinet members Diane Abbott and Emily Thornberry as well as leading backbenchers Clive Lewis, Chuka Umunna, Lisa Nandy, Bill Morris, Neil Kinnock and Peter Hain and trade union leaders including the National Union of Teachers’ Kevin Courtney and Unite’s Len McCluskey.



The Modern Slavery Act 2015, which received Royal Assent on 26 March 2015, is intended to provide law enforcement agencies with stronger legal tools to stamp out modern slavery, ensuring that the perpetrators receive suitably severe punishment, while enhancing the protection of, and support for victims.

The new Act consolidates and updates the existing criminal legislation on human trafficking, slavery, forced labour and domestic servitude and increases the maximum custodial sentence, for the most serious offences, from fourteen years to life. In addition, the legislation creates the post of Anti-Slavery Commissioner and places a duty on specified public authorities including local authorities to report potential victims of trafficking to the National Crime Agency.

This briefing will be of interest to elected members and officers working in social services and in particular children’s services. A copy of this briefing can be downloaded as a pdf.


The TUC has launched a new mentoring scheme to provide a way for experienced Black Trade Union Activists to support new and less experienced activists to develop and enhance their knowledge of the trade union movement. The Black Activists Mentoring Scheme will be operated through an online portal on the TUC Education web site.

The Black Activists mentoring scheme is an initiative that the Race Relations Committee believes will play an important role in giving confidence and encouraging black activists become more proactive in equipping themselves to play a bigger role in the trade union movement. If you know activists who might benefit from the scheme please encourage them to apply.


The 2016 UNISON National Black Members’ Conference bulletin is now available on the UNISON Conference website. The conference is now open for registration on the Online Conference System (OCS).

The conference will be held at the Venue Cymru, Lladudno, Wales from Friday 22 to Sunday 24 January. If you are interested in attending, now is the time to speak to your branch about registering you as a delegate to the conference.

Nelson Mandela Award

UNISON 2015 Black members’ conference resolved to establish a Nelson Mandela award that embodies his attributes and becomes an annual feature of the conference.

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