January 14, 2017

Black members’ news

The UNISON Black members’ conference is happening next weekend in the Brighton Centre.

If you would like to find out more about the event, please see the documents below.

Please note that items in this agenda are not UNISON policy until they have been debated and passed at conference.


Black Action spring newsletter is available to download here.

Getting involved

UNISON South East have a Black Members’ Committee – their first meeting of the year will be on 18th of March in Guildford. For further information please contact Danielle Bruce.

If you are interested in standing for the position of Black Members’ Officer in the University of Brighton UNISON branch please contact us. You can find out more about the role here.

August 18, 2016

Black Leadership and Motion Writing course

RBMCThis event is open to all black members. Please contact unisonhelp@brighton.ac.uk if you would like to attend.

The Black Leadership & Motion Writing course will cover:

    • Leadership in Trade Unions
    • Committees at Regional level – structure & purpose
    • Leadership in practise
    • Mentoring & support
    • Motion writing workshop

This is a residential weekend that starts at 6pm on the 16th and will finish at 1pm on the 18th Sept 2016 in The View Hotel, Eastbourne.

Please note that spaces are limited so please apply early, using the registration form (closing date for application forms is 5th September 2016).

July 3, 2016

New Learning Bursary for Low Paid Women Members

UNISON’s low-paid or part-time women members across the South East wishing to take up study at their own expense can now access a new ‘education bursary’ which is a scheme designed to help with the financial cost of studying.

There are two grants available:

  1. a grant of £150.00 per year for a maximum of three years for a shorter courses for example, skills based courses, GCSE’s, A Levels undertaken at further education colleges
  2. a grant £1,000.00 per year for a maximum of three years to support women undertaking Trade Union or Labour Movement studies which could include a degree, diploma or MA level studies at a recognised university (including Open University).

This opportunity is provided by the former Regional Secretary Phil Wood who retired in 2015.  He was adamant that the funding bequeathed by him for the bursary should be used exclusively for low-paid women members and the South East is proud to be able to offer low-paid women members this opportunity.  Many of our women members have benefited from the excellent training opportunities that UNISON offers but this new learning bursary goes one step further and provides exclusive opportunities for low-paid women members.  To find our more please you can download a copy of the bursary application form or contact Fiona Roberts, Regional Women’s Officer at f.roberts@unison.co.uk or on 01273 544039

June 13, 2016

Regional Women’s Forum in Eastbourne

ForumUNISON Southeast Women are holding a Women’s Forum on 30 September to 2 October. The forum is open to women members.

You can find out more and apply for this event by downloading this pdf and returning it to unisonhelp@brighton.ac.uk

Last year, the branch Women’s Officer attended the Women’s Forum and here is what she had to say about it;

I feel more confident since becoming involved with Southeast Women and the other UNISON Self-Organised Groups. As someone who struggles to communicate due to various mental health and anxiety-related issues, I made connections with similar members in other branches and discovered I had skills that I could put to use in University of Brighton. It was also because of the support provided by the Self-Organised Groups that I felt able to start talking about my mental health in my workplace without embarrassment.

Southeast Women offer training that is suitable for members who are new to trade unions and/or activism, and I was pleased to see that they used accessible language so I didn’t feel left behind in the workshops. They offer practical courses like assertiveness skills (pdf) but if you find you want to get more involved they can signpost you to other learning opportunities like branch officer training or leadership training.

June 8, 2016

Upcoming events for LGBT members

UNISON LGBT members have four upcoming events in London. If you would like to attend any of them please contact out@unison.co.uk (you don’t have to be out to attend).


National UNISON transgender members meeting

15 July 2016
UNISON Centre, London NW1 2AY
More information at unison.org.uk/events/national-unison-transgender-members-meeting


National UNISON bisexual members meeting

15 July 2016
UNISON Centre, London NW1 2AY
More information at unison.org.uk/events/national-unison-bisexual-members-meeting


National UNISON Disabled LGBT members meeting

16 September 2016
UNISON Centre, London NW1 2AY
More information at unison.org.uk/events/national-unison-disabled-lgbt-members-meeting


National UNISON Black LGBT members meeting

17 September 2016
UNISON Centre, London NW1 2AY
More information at unison.org.uk/events/national-unison-black-lgbt-members-meeting


The cost of travel will be covered by UNISON and lunch will be provided.

June 6, 2016

Young Women Members Confidence Skills Training



8 and 9 November 2016

(Starts 11am on first day finishing at 4pm second day)
at UNISON Centre, London

A two day training course aimed at young women members (under the age of 27 on 9 November) that want to become more active in UNISON or existing young women members that want to improve their confidence in different situations.

This course will:

  • boost your self-esteem by looking at your own strengths and areas of development
  • practice assertiveness skills
  • encourage positive thinking
  • increase your confidence to network and participate in meetings/conferences
  • reading body language to build rapport and create a more confident you.

UNISON will cover expenses including travel, accommodation and child care. You can find out more information at unisonsoutheast.org.uk/unison_women_young_women_members_training

To register an interest in attending please email learningandorganising@unison.co.uk or phone 0207 121 5116.

Please note: application forms will be sent out early September.


April 19, 2016

Calling Black Members

A couple of dates for your diary:

16 July – Regional Black Members Committee Meeting (at UNISON Ranger House, Guildford GU1 4UL)

19 November Regional Black Members Committee Meeting (at UNISON Centre, London, NW1 2AY)

Please note, all black members are welcome to attend. Contact unisonhelp@brighton.ac.uk for more information.


TUC Education have a Black Activist Mentoring Scheme. If you would like to become an activist in our branch please fill in the forum below or email unisonhelp@brighton.ac.uk and we can refer you to the scheme.

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A few links about Black Members in UNISON