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There are number of ways in which black members can raise their concerns, keep informed on new developments and be involved in shaping UCU policy.
UCU briefing on deaths in custody
In line with UCU Congress 2014 resolution 69 - Black Deaths in Custody, UCU has produced a briefing on this issue:
The Institute of Race Relations published a report 'Dying for Justice' which gives the background on 509 people (an average of 22 per year) from BAME, refugee and migrant communities who have died between 1991-2014 in suspicious circumstances in which the police, prison authorities or immigration detention officers have been implicated. Co-editor, Harmit Athwal said 'if the Macpherson report was intended as a way of restoring community faith in the British police, the issue of deaths in custody is the one which is constantly undermining it. As more deaths take place and no one is ever prosecuted, it inevitably sows seeds of incredulity, anger and despair'.
Download Dying for Justice: Dying for Justice (.pdf) [2.1Mb]
UCU has an equality unit with expertise all equality areas including issues concerning black members. The unit provides information (including regular newsletter), guidance and support to union officers and members.
If you are experiencing racial discrimination at work see the main equality page for advice on getting support.
Resources and guidance for UCU equality officers and activists can be found in the equality resource centre in the UCU activists section of the website, with a dedicated page for race equality resources.
Implementing the equality duties, a toolkit covering the three current duties of disability, gender and race and anticipating extension to other areas such as sexual orientation, is available on the equality resources and publications page.
Representation within UCU
The rules of the union have been drafted to ensure black members are represented in UCU's democratic structures. There are nine 'equality seats' on the national executive committee (NEC) elected directly by all members. Two of these seats are for representatives of black members, one of which must be a woman. The executive comprises a number of sub-committees including an equality commitee.
A conference for black members is held every year. This conference elects a black members' committee (BMC). The BMC can send two motion and two amendments to the annual national congress, and to both of the sector conferences.
Black members' email list
As well as these formal structures the equality unit operates a black members' email list to keep you in touch with relevant events and information which any black UCU member can join - just contact the equality unit at firstname.lastname@example.org and ask to be added to the list.
Black Members' Survival Guide
UCU has published the Black Members' Survival Guide. It provides vital information, advice and support for black members to defend their rights at work, progress in their careers and combat discrimination and racism in the workplace. It contains information on union structures, what to do if you are being discriminated against, the law, as well as guidance on applying for jobs and promotion and progression.
Stephen Lawrence fund
The TUC is calling on trade unions and trade unionists to help protect the legacy of Stephen Lawrence by giving generously to the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust fund raising appeal to ensure that the vital work of the Trust continues and that Stephen's legacy lives on.
The work of the Trust is threatened by the lack of funds for voluntary organisations that has resulted from public spending cuts and the recession. Now more than ever, the Stephen Lawrence Trust that does support young people and to combat social injustice, by promoting equality of opportunity, must not be allowed to fail for lack of funding.
You can donate online by visiting www.justgiving.com/TUCslct or by text message. Text TUCS99 followed by the £ symbol, then the amount to 70070.
They receive a text message receipt, and the chance to add Gift Aid (by filling in a web form or by text message). JustTextGiving is free for you the sponsor and the charity you're supporting.
You can use the following model motion at your branch meeting to agree to send funds to the trust:
TUC STEPHEN LAWRENCE FUNDRAISING APPEAL
This branch notes that the struggle to bring to justice the killers of Stephen Lawrence who was murdered 18 years ago has left an enduring legacy and awareness in the wider community about the evils of institutional racism and racial injustice in the UK. A vital part of that legacy is the work of the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust which was set up to be a lasting legacy for Stephen and who had dreams of becoming an architect.
This branch notes that the work of the Trust is threatened by the lack of funds for voluntary organisations that has resulted from public spending cuts and the recession. Now more than ever, the Stephen Lawrence Trust that does support young people and to combat social injustice, by promoting equality of opportunity must not be allowed to fail for lack of funding.
The branch resolves to help protect the legacy of Stephen Lawrence by: