<November 2018>

Events In November

March against Racism and Fascism

March against Racism and Fascism


Date: 17 November 2018

Duration: 1 days.

Events In December



McClaren House, 19th floor Priory Queensway B7 4LR

Date: 03 December 2018

Duration: 1 days.

Black Members Group



African American Author and poet.

“You can only become accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead pursue the things you love, do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off you”


It is acknowledged through the Birmingham City Council’s recently published report on Workforce Diversity that employees of Black/Black British heritage are twice as likely to be disciplined. 

Also employees of Black/Black British origin are 1.5 times over represented in compulsory redundancies.    The figures highlighted are alarming; unfortunately with further cuts pending these figures will potentially increase. 

UNISON’s Black Members Self Organised Group has been established to effectively challenge inequality by working together to share concerns and aspirations, including establishing their own priorities .  It is important to stress that the group is not associated with any existing employee groups. 

However if you are a Black member of UNISON who has experienced racial harassment/discrimination in the workplace or within the community, but have felt that there is no one to talk to for advice and support.  Then why not join our group? 

We usually meet the second Tuesday of each month .

For further details please contact:- gillian.mcpherson@birminghamunison.co.uk    Telephone  0121-200-7122


Calling Notice.

Unison Birmingham Branch Black Members Self Organised Group .

Invites you to

Black Members Meeting on TUESDAY 4th December, 2018.

McLaren Building, 46 The Priory, Queensway, B4 7LR




Minutes from last meeting.

Workplace Issues.(members having issues in workplace).


Equality Bid.



Slavery Memorial Fund.

Any other business.

Please email Gillian.mcpherson@birminghamunison.co.uk  if you have any queries.





Tuesday 9th October, 2018
Mclaren Building,
Dale End,
5.00pm – 9.00PM.



Speaker : Horace Barnes from the wawiproject.

There will be a presentation on: Walter Tull, Windrush, Windrush Legacy, and Introduction to the Ancestral Battle Standards:2018 is 100 years since the end of WW1.

There will also be a Q & A Session with Ex-Military, NHS Personnel and Black Police Federation.

Singer “ Lightie “on the night, supported by DJ “Sugar Junior” Newstyle Radio.
Refreshments hot buffet will be provided.

Please email: Gillian.Mcpherson@birminghamunison.co.uk to register and secure a seat.  




Black members Trip to Liverpool on Saturday 21st July, 2018

Participants enjoyed the day. 

Generation of Black Seamen have been serving on British Ships for hundreds of years, the experience span the garmut of sorrow, tragedy, heroism, victory and triumph.

“Enjoyed the Day, Museum was very informative, also went on a boat ride and visited cathedral”. (Maxine T.)

“On behalf of my husband Nick and myself, thank you very much for organising

such a splendid trip to Liverpool.  It was a most interesting day and we learnt such

a lot about black history in the Maritime Museum.  “(Jenny S.)



70th Anniversary of Windrush

Celebrated at Birmingham Unison Branch, on Tuesday 12/06/2018

Event was well attended and had some positive feedback from the attendees.

Speaker was Arthur Torrington CBE.


 Attendees shared stories of what it was like then, arriving in UK and what it is like now.



Birmingham Activist Yvonne Mosquito wins “Nelson Mandela Award” 

Councillor Yvonne Mosquito today became the third recipient of the UNISON Nelson Mandela Award in recognition of over 37 years of dedicated campaigning and organising in her local community in Birmingham.

Receiving her award from the union’s president, Margaret McKee, at Black members’ conference in Liverpool, Ms Mosquito was particularly keen to thank Birmingham branch for nominating her.

Her community work began at the age of 17 when she became a supplementary school teacher assistant.

She was elected as a councillor to Birmingham City Council in 1996 and has served as executive member of the Birmingham City Council cabinet, chair of the Labour Group, deputy chief whip, vice chair of West Midlands Police Authority and as West Midlands Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner.






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