Black members


Black members in UNISON work to improve equality in the workplace and challenge racism and discrimination.

Black members have many of the same concerns as other members regarding access to employment, pay, promotion and training. However, race discrimination can deepen the impact of problems faced in the workplace.

UNISON South East’s Black members’ committee (known as a self-organised group) campaigns for equality in the workplace and the wider community. UNISON South East is committed to increasing its representation and participation of Black people within the union.

What’s it like being a union rep?

‘I find helping members during their time of need very rewarding.  My motto is to help members the way I would like to be helped if the roles were reversed.  I am very organised which bodes well in my in my role as UNISON Branch Secretary.  I take my role very seriously and get a lot of enjoyment from it.  I enjoy holding regular recruitment stalls and case surgeries where I  meet our members and staff.  I am supported by regional staff and enjoy working with them.  I am purple through and through.’

Marcia Ming, Branch Secretary, Dartford and Gravesham Health Branch.

It is important that there is a visible and vocal presence of the Black members’ experience. Black members’ self-organised groups (SOGs) work in partnership with other parts of the union to identify and promote our race equality agenda.

UNISON Definition of Black

Black members: 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.

UNISON Regional Black Members Committee

The Regional Black Members Committee represents Black members at a regional level, helping to develop campaigns and inform policy on equality and issues affecting Black members.

UNISON supports networks of self organised groups (SOGs) in
branches and regions across the union. Our SOGs campaign for
equality in the workplace and for improvements to legislation for
workplaces and the wider community. The SOGs are represented
at Regional Council and most other regional committees, but are
accountable to their respective national group.

Visit the National Black Members’ site


Contact information

Mumta Erkadoo
UNISON South East @ UNISON Centre
130 Euston Road