Black members

Black membersBlack members in UNISON work to improve equality in the workplace and challenge racism and discrimination. There are Black Members committees and conferences at Scottish and UK level and provision for a Black Members group in the branch. We also have a Black members officer post. If you are interested in becoming involved, contact the branch here.

In UNISON, Black is used to indicate people with a shared history. Black with a capital ‘B’ is used in its broad political and inclusive sense to describe people in Britain that have suffered colonialism and enslavement in the past and continue to experience racism and diminished opportunities in today’s society. 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.

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Black Members officer

Bobby NwanzeThe branch’s interim Black members’ officer (to be confirmed at the 2021 AGM) is Bobby Nwanze.

He says: “I am committed to fighting for a better diverse future from top to bottom. I have been the victim of racism and discrimination and I never want anyone of any ethnic race go through what I have went through mentally, physically and emotionally.

“I have worked for the City of Edinburgh Council (CEC) since August 2012 and recently set up the BAME Colleague Network. I aim to challenge and, where necessary, change the way things are done within the CEC. I want to harness the power of UNISON to make sure that our black members’ voices are heard, and their stories are shared. I am proof that my community can make it in the CEC and I’m keen to hear from people who want to make a difference.”

Contact the Black members’ officer via the branch here.

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Updates

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September equalities update

Your September edition of the equalities update is now available with updates on:  Black members  Disabled members  LGBT+ members  Women ... Read More
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Equalities Update – August 2020

Your August edition of the Equalities newsletter is now available covering updates on:  Black Members  Disabled Members  LGBT+ Members  Women ... Read More
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Equalities Update July

Your July Equalities update is now available online covering:  Black members LGBT+ members Disabled members Women members Mental Health ... Read More
Be on the safe side

Be on the safe side

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has shown the important role Health & Safety Representatives have in the workplace. During the 15 ... Read More
Black members’ concerns raised in Scottish Parliament

Black members’ concerns raised in Scottish Parliament

Michael Richardson, branch equalities officer and Ian Mullen, branch health & safety officer are working together to ensure the concerns ... Read More
Step up, stand up and speak out against racism

Step up, stand up and speak out against racism

The last couple of weeks have been a critical time in highlighting the struggle against racism, first with the murder ... Read More
#BlackLivesMatter

#BlackLivesMatter

UNISON branch officers took some time during their weekly call to remember George Floyd. George was an unarmed black man ... Read More
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Equalities Update

Your June Equalities Update is now available online covering:  LGBT+ members  Black members  Disabled members  Women members  The Equality Act ... Read More

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