Black Members

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.

Upcoming meeetings

All our meetings are held at UNISON Yorkshire & Humberside Regional Office, Commerce House, Wade Lane, Leeds LS2 8NJ.

  • 19th October 2019
  • 11th January 2020 (AGM)

Training days 2019

Developing Your Leadership Skills – Saturday 21st September 2019 at 11am – 3pm
This course will build confidence, look at the skills needed to be an effective leader and encourage you to become leaders in your workplace. The course will be delivered by Margaret Greer, National Officer for Race Equality

Venue: Commerce House, Wade Lane, Leeds
Cost to Branches: £12.50
Closing Date: 13 September 2019
Lunch will be provided

Race Protocol – Saturday 19th October 2019 at 1.30pm – 3.30pm
This course will take a look at how to gather evidence to support a discrimination claim.  The course will be delivered by Thompsons Sols.

Venue: Commerce House, Wade Lane, Leeds
Cost to Branches: £12.50
Closing Date: 11 October 2019
Lunch will be provided
NB: This course will run after the Black Members SOG meeting.  Lunch will be available for those attending from 1pm

To Apply

  1. Please complete the attached application form.
  2. If you do need a crèche for either of these dates please ensure that you indicate on your application forms.
  3. Forward your completed application form to your branch for approval.

If you have any questions please feel free to get in touch.  You can contact Kath Ruth on 0113 2182379.

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News and comment

Ramadan and Eid-ul-Fitr

Ramadan 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. 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.

Diwali is the five-day festival of lights, celebrated by millions of Hindus, Sikhs and Jains across the world. Diwali, which for some also coincides with harvest and new year celebrations, is a festival of new beginnings and the triumph of good over evil, and light over darkness.The festival is usually some time between October and November, with the date changing each year.

The word 'Diwali' means rows of lighted lamps and it is know as the 'festival of lights' because houses and shops are decorated with candles and colourful lights during the week.


Challenging Racism in the workplace

UNISON’s Black members have the same concerns as any other member about jobs, fair pay and conditions of service, promotion and progression, but their experience of the workplace is too often also marked by racism and discrimination.

Equality legislation gives trade unions a way of holding employers to account – but equality can only become a reality in our workplaces if we organise.

Find out more here

25 years of Black Self Organisation in UNISON

UNISON celebrates it's 25 birthday this year. We look back on a report produced 5 years ago celebrating 20 years of Black Self Organisation in UNISON.

Black Members Conference 2013 Newsletter

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...



Current Regional Black Members Team


Abdul Rashid

Abdul Rashid

Lubna Lazrak Lubna Lazrak -
Vice Chair

Kath Ruth - Administrator

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)

Self Organised Groups in UNISON

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