Day of action against workplace racism?

UCU day of action against workplace racism

On 28 February 2018 UCU will be holding a day of action against workplace racism.


'...you're really articulate for a black person'

'...but where are you REALLY from?'

'...although it seems very minor, consistent and persistent misspelling of my name.  If you can learn Dostoyevsky...'

Extracts from the UCU survey into the experiences of black workers in further and higher education, 2015

The Day of Action Against Workplace Racism is the opportunity for your branch to highlight its opposition to racism in the workplace. The theme of this year's Day of Action is 'Decolonising Education'.

Branches are encouraged to host meetings of all members to discuss issues and approaches to the decolonising agenda and how best to engage with colleagues and your institution. As per UCU policy branches are also encouraged to work strategically with their local student union.

Please let us know what you branch is planning so we can share it with other branches.


Suggested branch activities for the day of action

Branches are encouraged to host meetings of all members to discuss issues and approaches to the decolonising agenda and how best to engage with colleagues and your institution. As per UCU policy branches are also encouraged to work strategically with their local student union.

Below are some resources your branch may want to use to stimulate discussion amongst members and students.

Download updated branch activities:

Day of Action Against Racism 2018 branch activity [338kb]
Day of Action Against Racism 2018 diagnostics [267kb]

Other branch activities can include:

Branches are also being encouraged to use the UCU bargaining guide on tackling workplace racism and to raise the issues identified with employers as an integral part of the collective bargaining agenda.


UCU survey

The survey of 631 black union members working in post-16 education found that:

  • over two-thirds (71%) said they had 'often' or 'sometimes' been subject to bullying and harassment from managers
  • nine out of ten (90%) black staff members report having faced barriers to promotion in colleges and universities.

Report finds high levels of discrimination in colleges and universities

The experiences of black and minority ethnic staff in further and higher education, Feb 16 [132kb]

The qualitative data from the survey into experiences of UCU's black members can be found here:

Witness - voice of UCU black members, Feb 17 [824kb] 
Witness - voice of UCU black members, Feb 17 [277kb]

'Witness'

Initiated by UCU Black Members' Standing Committee, our new film 'witness' chronicles the lived experiences of UCU black members in post-16 education.

'witness' film: worksheet [146kb]
'witness' film: what next? [146kb]
'witness' film: questions [142kb]

To view the subtitled version please click here.

You can also watch a quick preview of some of the issues raised in the film:

UCU challenging workplace racism resources

Challenging discrimination is a crucial part of UCU's work. The union tackles discrimination both on an individual basis - supporting individual members experiencing problems - and collectively, challenging racism within organisations and across the post-school education sector.
 
We have produced these materials as a tool to highlight the issue in further and higher education workplaces and to engage staff in our campaign.

If you would like some of the resources referred to above please contact Martin Whelton .

Last updated: 16 April 2018