Black Members

Black members in UNISON play a key role in winning equality in the workplace,
actively challenge racism wherever it is found, and are at the forefront of UNISON's organising work. As black members in UNISON we work together to win positive change in the workplace. The more of us that are actively involved the stronger we become.

Show racism the red card

Show racism the red card

Show Racism The Red Card - Wear Red Day: Friday 20th October 2017


There are many ways in which you can get involved with Wear Red Day on Friday 20th October. We can't wait see the creative ideas you come up with, but quite simply it's all about uniting against racism for one day, wearing something red and donating £1 wherever you are!

You and your fellow colleagues can get involved by coming to work sporting something red for the day. It can be as subtle as a red tie, red hair clip, or even red socks.

Pupils, teachers and support staff can join together in holding a non-uniform day. Schools could also run a sponsored penalty shoot-out competition or other activities to raise further funds.

Individuals can also get involved. You can just wear red wherever you are and donate £1.


Twitter: @SRtRC_England

Instagram: ShowRacismtheRedCard


News and comment

Ramadan and Eid-ul-Fitr 2017

Ramadan 2017
This year, the holy month of Ramadan began on May 27th. It is the annual period of fasting, prayer and giving to charity that is at the heart of the observance of Islam.
During the holy Islamic month of Ramadan our Muslim Black members will join millions of Muslims across the globe for  a month of fasting, foregoing food and drink between dawn and sunset as fasting during Ramadan is one of the five 'pillars' of Islam. Fasting is done out of love for Allah and shows devotion,  patience, discipline, selflessness, unity and closeness to him and serves as a reminder of the suffering of others.

The end of Ramadan is marked by a big celebration called 'Eid-ul-Fitr', the Festival of the breaking of the fast and a time of forgiveness and making amends. Muslims would not only be celebrating the end of fasting, but would be showing gratitude to Allah for the endurance, strength and self-control he has given to them throughout the month of fasting, prayer and spiritual reflection.  

The festival begins when the first sight of the new moon at Mecca is seen in the sky (expected about Saturday 24th June).  The celebration often extends to special services outdoors, in Mosques, processions through the streets, and of course, a special celebratory meal - eaten during daytime as this would be the first daytime meal Muslims will have had in a month.

We wish all our Muslim colleagues a fulfilling and prayerful month of Ramadan.


Equality briefing - Talking to your parliamentary candidates (19/05/17)

A general election is taking place on Thursday 8 June 2017, and over the coming weeks parliamentary candidates will be out and about in their constituencies trying to secure your vote, so don’t miss this unique opportunity to tell them about issues that are affecting you.

If you attend a hustings, phone in to a radio show to talk to a candidate or if one knocks on your door, remember you don’t have to just listen to their campaign promises, seize the opportunity to talk to them about subjects that matter to YOU.

Read the Quality Bulletin here...

Challenging racist myths and lies leaflet

Public services are for everyone

When times are tough we need good local public services more than ever. They help people back into work, help give our children the best start in life and help care for our sick and elderly.

Our world-class public services are there for everyone. And we rely on people of all different races, religion and backgrounds to deliver them.

In UNISON we speak up against racism in the workplace – and in the community.

You can find the 'Challenging racist myths and lies leaflet here...

20 years of Black Self Organisation in UNISON

Black Members Conference 2013 Newsletter20 years on, we're still going strong. 20 years of Black Self Organisation in UNISON.

UNISON National Black Members' Conference 2013
The UNISON National Black Members' Conference takes place from 2.00pm Friday 18th January to 12.30pm Sunday 20th January 2013 at Sheffield City Hall, Sheffield.

Download the conference newsletter here...



How to get involved

If you are interested in joining the Regional Black Members Group or would like information on any of the vacant posts below please complete the delegate form here
( Download the WORD form here... Word logoor print this out and send it back to the Y&H Region pdf logo)

Current Regional Black Members Team

Officer Posts
Chair: Magda Lezama
Vice Chair: Islam Faqir
Budget Co-ordinator: John Campbell

Regional Representation
Regional Council: Bev Miller & Aniqa Hashmi
Regional Committee: Islam Faqir & Evelyn Beckley

Regional Service Groups                                               
Water, Environment & Transport: Aniqa Hashmi
Police: Mohammed Rauf
Higher Education: Toheed Raza
Health: Evelyn Beckley
Local Government: Judith Musegedi
Labour Link: Mohammed Nawaz

National Representation                         
Black Members Conference Jan 2017: Abdul Rashid
TUC Black Members Forum: John Campbell
TUC Black Members Conference: John Campbell
National Black Members Committee: Aniqa Hashmi, Kuldeep Bajwa, John Campbell

Self Organised Groups in UNISON

You can find out about the other SOGs in the Yorkshire & Humberside Region here...