Black members in UNISON work together to win positive change in the workplace. The more of us that are actively involved the stronger we become. The stronger we are the more positive change we can achieve.
Black members play a key role in winning equality in the workplace and
Date: Tuesday 21 February 2017
Venue: UNISON Regional Office, 140-150 Pilgrim Street, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 6TH
A buffet will be available from 5pm (please email any dietary requirements).
Please confirm your attendance (for catering purposes) by email email@example.com or by telephoning 0191 245 0870
Elect officers for Regional positions and service groups
Help develop the Regional Black Members Action Plan
Help to set out priorities for the following year
Please find attached the Officer Nomination form.
Please make every effort to attend this important event and make sure your voice is heard in our union.
Date: Wednesday 17 August
Venue: Committee Room, Civic Centre
This meeting will discuss motions for conference. This branch has a strong history of submitting motions to Black Members Conference and I would urge as many of you to attend the meeting as possible. If you are unable to attend but have an idea for a motion please contact Ulela Kaferawanthu – Black Members officer
Date: Tuesday 20 September
Venue: Committee Room, Civic Centre
This meeting will discuss priorities for Black members in the branch and how we respond to these and take any issues forward. Please can you confirm your attendance. with Ulela Kaferawanthu – Black Members officer
Date: Wednesday 15 June
Venue: Board Room on the 3rd Floor of Hartlepool Hospital.
Residential weekend open to all UNISON Black members
Date: 22/23 July 2016
Venue: Marriott Hotel, Durham
Closing Date: 24 June 2016
A report from Ulela Kaferawanthu (Branch Black Members Officer)
The National Black Members Conference, held in Llandudno between 22 and 24 February 2016, went very well. The delegates from Newcastle City Branch felt the Conference had been vital as it dealt with issues that were of the utmost interest to UNISON Black members.
The Conference started on Friday January 22nd with Regional meetings. In our Northern Region meeting, we scoped what needed to be done and issues that needed our specific attention, vis a vis, election of national officers and supporting specific issues that needed all our support from the Region.
The Regional meeting was then followed by the main Conference at 16:00 with the Chairman, Margaret Greer, welcoming delegates and visitors to the Conference and asking the first guest speaker Councillor Frank Bradfield Mayor of Llandudno to address the Conference.
After the address and welcoming speech by the Mayor, we had presentations on the Standing Orders Committee Report and the Annual Report 1 that was on Organising and Recruitment. These reports were adopted by the Conference through voting.
The reports were followed by a speech by the second guest speaker, Dave Prentis, UNISON Secretary, who presented a good speech to the Conference. This speech was followed by the Mandela Award Presentation. Margaret Greer received this award for her excellent work in Unison. Then Conference went on to debate the first motion of the Conference. This motion debate was the last item on the main conference session for Friday.
Following the end of the main session of the Conference, there were sessions for service groups. Some delegates from Newcastle City Branch participated in the Local Government Service group discussions where pertinent issues were discussed mainly on pay conditions, austerity, and campaigning amongst others.
The second day of the Conference began with Report 2 of the Standing Orders Committee which was accepted by delegates via a vote. This report was followed by the Annual Report 2: Campaigning and International which delegates voted to accept.
The first guest speaker for this day was Matilda MacAttram, Director of Black Mental Health UK, who spoke on Black Mental Health issues. The speech she gave was good highlighting the specific problems experienced by Black mental health sufferers in the United Kingdom. Matilda’s speech was followed by various debates on motions including the motion moved by Newcastle City Council: Recruiting and Organising Black Members.
The morning session for motion debates was followed by a speech by the second guest speaker for the day, Chuka Umunna, Labour MP who present a very good speech on the reason why Labour lost the General Election and how to learn from that.
The afternoon session of the Conference began with fringe meetings. Some of our branch members attended the meeting on the rise of Islamophobia and what was being done to mitigate threats arising from this rise. There were good discussions on this subject area.
Debates on motions followed the fringe meetings. Workshops and caucus meetings followed debates on motions. These marked the end of the Conference activities on the second day. A social event was provided on the evening of Saturday to ensure delegates and visitors were entertained.
The last day of the Conference comprised a presentation of the Standing Orders Report which delegates adopted via a vote. This presentation was followed by a speech from the final guest speaker, Wendy Nichols, the Unison President, who gave a good speech. The rest of the time for the conference was used to debate motions.
Over the three days, there was a wide range of motions debated and adopted for further action by the National Black Members Committee. There was near unanimity in the adoption of the motions moved.
The motions were grouped under three themes:
The majority of the motions were under the “campaigns” theme.
Newcastle Branch moved motion 3 titled “Recruiting and Organising Black Members” under the “the recruitment and organising” theme. This motion was the only one moved from the Northern Region.
This motion highlighted the problems associated with the recruitment of Black employees in UNISON and also lack of their participation as activists once they join UNISON.
The motion was very well received by the Conference with five delegates and an officer from the National Office standing to move their support and asking the Conference to support the action requests in the motion. The motion was adopted by the Conference and the National Black Members Committee.
To ensure increasing numbers of Black workers join our UNION and become activists after they join, the motion called upon the National Black Members Committee to:
1) Encourage branches to work with their Black Members Officer and Black Members group to support recruitment activity amongst Black members of staff.
2) Encourage Regions and Branches to work with Black activists to ensure that the makeup of committees is representative of the membership.
3) Seek to work with Regional Black Members’ Committees to deliver training targeting Black members officers covering subjects such as becoming active, establishing a self-organised group and Challenging Racism in the Workplace.
4) To assess our current recruitment material to see if this needs to be updated to reflect the workforce.
The list of the motions debated over the three days is ncluded in the full reportt to Branch Committee.
680 delegates and visitors attended the Conference. 2017 Conference is scheduled to be held at Brighton.
Date: 22-24 January 2016
Our Branch would like to send delegates and we need to submit details by Friday 23 October 2015. If you are interested in attending please let the Branch Office know before this deadline so that we can make the necessary arrangements.
All expenses including travel, subsistence and child care are covered. We will also provide support and advice for delegates who have not been to conference before. You can request facility time from your manager to attend the conference.
For more information please contact either:
Nicky Ramanandi – Deputy Branch Secretary on 0191 2116039 or
Ulela Kaferawanthu – Branch Black Members Officer on 0191 02788243.
Date: Tuesday 16 February 2016
Venue: UNISON Regional Office,140 to 150 Pilgrim Street, Newcastle
Registration: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 0191 245 0870
A buffet will be available from 18:15 (please email any dietary requirements).
All black members in the Northern Region are invited to attend the Northern Black Member’s Self Organised Group Annual General Meeting for 2016.
There will be invited speakers on various issues, the election of officers, National Conference business and the Regional Black Member’s Action plan and priorities for the following year to be discussed and agreed.
New courses for members and stewards.
Inflation leaps to 3.2%
More regulation of gig economy needed
Appalling risk of suicides in construction
Fat cats — the great pay divide
Racist abuse after Brexit vote
Lack of diversity at top in Wales
Papers for the meeting on Monday 3 April.
Meeting on Tuesday 28 March 2017 at 4.30pm.
Nottinghamshire Police have taken the bold step to identify misogyny as a hate crime and Northern UNSION are keen for this to be replicated in our region. The aim of the event is to identify how we can move the issue forward across the region with all three Police and Crime Commissioners.
Swings and scooters of inflation basket
No real improvement in weekly earnings
Cosmetic improvement with Living Wage
Zero-hours contracts at record high
Unemployment falls below 1.6 million
Agenda and annual report.
Economic forecasts in Hammond's Budget
Mixed fortunes in ethnic women's pay gap data
Company merger and acquisitions in 2016
Numbers on zero-hours contracts at a high
GMB take on DX delivery firm
Former chancellor's nice big earner
Charter to stop violence at work
Saturday 25 March. Hear grassroots, union and guest speakers and watch the Reel News film showing the Durham Teaching Assistants’ story.
Saturday 25 March, to plan UNISON LGBT activities for the year ahead.
A joint training session for trade union and community activists on how to organise to defeat the politics of division. 18 March 2017.
March calendar of events and activities.
Trade Union Act regs come into force
Gender pension gap leaves women short
Violence at work — the nasty truth
Bookseller's £7m salary
Money purchase pension are norm
British Gas denied appeal in Lock case
Government fails in ethnicity review
Papers for the meeting on Monday 6 March.
Papers for the retired members' meeting on 17 March.
Winners in February.
Morning seminar and afternoon remembrance service in Hartlepool on Friday 28 April 2017. There is also an Eve of WMD ‘Gig’ on Thursday 27 April.
Government green paper on pensions
A 'Stern diet' for fat cat directors' pay
Employers — don't miss out on talent
Argos repays £2.4 million to 37,000 staff
Economic growth revised upwards
Work fears of disabled people revealed
Migrants have helped make Britain. It’s time to celebrate us
NHS at breaking point, according to British Medical Association
Councils prepare to cut essential services to fund adult social care
London transport spending equivalent to £1,500 more per head than North East
Minimum wage cheats named and shamed
Inflation hits three-year high
Unemployment at 11-year low
Inflation erodes growth in weekly earnings
Migrants are always the scapegoats. But now they’re taking on Ukip’s lies
I, Daniel Blake is a realistic depiction of life on benefits. Isn’t it?
English social care system for elderly facing 'complete collapse'
North East peers want law to make Government investigate impact of Brexit on region
North East recruitment drive revealed as jobless total in region rises
UK employment growth driven by foreign nationals, figures show
The NHS needs a rethink. Its priorities no longer make sense
Top Labour politicians come to 'UKIP area' Sunderland for Brexit debates and festival
Rothbury Community Hospital inpatient ward closure public meeting this week
Shopping will cost you more as prices rise, but is Brexit to blame?
Campaigners calling for u-turn over Post Office move
UK labour shortages reported as EU worker numbers fall
Britons living in the EU face Brexit backlash, leaked paper warns
Then the Daily Mail came for Gary Lineker, and we said: ‘Enough!’
Brexit survey revealed: What you would do if given second shot at EU referendum
Booming gig economy costs £4bn in lost tax and benefit payouts, says TUC
There will be a shameful betrayal of the Brexit low-paid
Welcome to the new dark ages, where only the wealthy can retire
NHS 'pays £7.5m a year for 20 most expensive agency doctors'
Drive to bring health and social care together is a well-intentioned mess
Sunderland, 19/20 May 2017.
Sign Language (BSL) Introduction, 2 March 2017
Dementia Workshop, 30 March 2017
Regional Education Calendar 2017
A&E in England had worst delays ever in January, leak suggests
Why was Newcastle Council leader Nick Forbes the star of Prime Minister's questions?
Number of patients stuck in hospital 'far higher than NHS data shows'
It's time corporate tax dodgers started losing lucrative council contracts
More council housing needed in the North East - government report reveals
Council tax, youth funding and bins: 6 things to look out for from Sunderland budget meeting
TyneMet and South Tyneside colleges merger: What it means for jobs, campuses and its new name?
Review of tribunal fees finally published
Plan to tackle abusive hiring practices
Insecure work on rise
Twenty eight directors share £68.37 million
A list of affiliations and donations that the branch committee has approved since January 2015.
UK faces return to inequality of Thatcher years, says report
NHS ID scheme could deter eligible patients, say MPs
Councils may cut social care provision due to underfunding, LGA says
Nursery schools: ‘What society gives children less chance than their parents?’
Council tax rise planned for Northumberland residents as authority faces £36m cuts
'Trump can't hack Trebs' - the best signs from Newcastle anti-Trump demonstration
Racism at work
Economy grows but there's a shortfall
Advice on gender pay gap from Acas
Tories offer no solution on discrimination
Eight assaults a day in Welsh schools
A quarterly periodical updating branch reps on employment law.
Winners in January.
Northern Region Young Members AGM
UNISON Northern Region Black Members Forum AGM 2017.
Discounted car insurance for UNISON members.
In Newcastle on Saturday 4 February.
Papers for the meeting on 6 February.
Death by a thousand fire service cuts
Guidance on stress
Modern-day slave traders jailed
Fees let bad bosses get off scot free
Top-ranked inclusive employers 2017
Get tough on pay, says pension funds
Agenda and nomination form for the mmeting on 4 February.
Annual Meeting of the Regional Disabled Members Self Organised Group on Tuesday 31 January 2017.
Mental Health Awareness Workshop on Thursday 16 February.
Wales to ditch parts of 2016 Trade Union Act
Inflation rates at highest since 2014
Retail inflation eating into earnings growth
UK unemployment at nine-year low
Public sector pay poised to fall by thousands in real terms, TUC says
May’s promise on workers’ rights is hollow if she doesn’t get a deal
NHS crisis: the one act of self-sacrifice that could rescue our health service
Politicians have ignored the working class for too long
World's eight richest people have same wealth as poorest 50%
Crisis, what NHS crisis? Theresa May must stop this denial
Welsh government tables bill to overturn Trade Union Act
UNISON have now been allocated two spots on the 16 January to have guided tours around the Anne Frank exhibition.
Courier's tribunal win against CitySprint
TUC warns over Brexit threat to workers' rights
Lame excuses for not paying minimum wage
High street store fined over safety
Manufacturing output edges higher
Child poverty briefing
Winners in December.
Consultation on political fund review: December-January
We are having our first Reading Ahead launch at Welford Learning Zone on 11 January between 10am and 11am.
Book now to secure your place on one of the courses for Reps at Newcastle College starting in January 2017.
UNISON courses in 2017. These courses are free and open to all members unless otherwise stated.
'Precarious pay penalty' of zero-hours staff
Plans for a Universal Basic Income
2017 — economic forecasts for year
'Fat Cat Wednesday' has been and gone
Northern Ireland to reveal political gifts
UK's deficit in trade in goods gets ever worse
UK economic growth revised upwards