UNISON officer and activist recognised by health journal

Helga Pile and May Parsons were placed in the top 10 most influential Black people in English health by the Health Service Journal

Article, News on the UNISON National site.

Blog: Trade unions wouldn’t be the same without Black members

‘We know that, together, we can make the UK a place where Black people are never left underrepresented, undervalued or underpaid’

General Secretary's blog, News on the UNISON National site.
Odeth Richardson

Saluting our Sisters: Black History Month

This year’s Black History Month, in October, is themed ‘Saluting our Sisters’. UNISON is using the month to celebrate exceptional women working in health

Black History Month 2022 graphic. Black background. UNISON logo in white at top left. October in grey capitals over 2/3 of the background, with UNISON Black members webpage url over that, in white. In the right third, the words UNISON celebrating in grey, with Black History Month below in rainbow colours

Blog: Power and unity – the theme for this year’s Black History Month

COVID-19 has had a disproportionate impact on Black workers and communities and it is vital to focus on challenging racism in the workplace

Article, General Secretary's blog on the UNISON National site.
Nurse standing in hospital

Black History Month: Black NHS workers going above and beyond

This October, UNISON celebrates Black health workers who are making history now

Article on the UNISON National site.
UNISON at Carnival

UNISON Returns to Notting Hill Carnival

We were delighted to be back sponsoring Sunshine International Art at this year’s Notting Hill Carnival. Our presence has been a proud tradition of community engagement over several years. The Notting Hill Carnival is Europe’s largest street festival which takes place annually in London the last weekend in August. The Carnival celebrates London’s multicultural past […]

Black members news on the UNISON National site.

Reconceptualising Power and Unity for the Black Worker

All Black workers face racial oppression. Whilst each Black worker may experience racism, discrimination, and oppression differently, unity within and between Black workers creates greater power to confront the ills of racism. To achieve this, we must reconceptualise power and unity and broaden our reach in the context of our search for fair and equal […]

Black members news on the UNISON National site.
Head and shoulders portrait of Mary Onafalujo

Blog: What doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger

As part of Black History Month, Mary Folashade Onafalujo shares her personal journey, from arriving in the UK to being a national officer at UNISON

Article on the UNISON National site.
Shantha David

Making legal history, every month

Shantha David is the first Black or Asian woman to head the legal services team of a trade union – not just the first at UNISON, but the first anywhere in the UK

Article on the UNISON National site.

The importance of understanding Islamophobia

Racism in all its forms is objectionable. Islamophobia is a more nuanced form of hate. UNISON recognises the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) definition of Islamophobia, which is as follows: ‘Islamophobia is rooted in racism and is a type of racism that targets expressions of Muslimness or perceived Muslimness’ This is just one description – there […]

Black members news on the UNISON National site.