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Scottish Black Members Committee
Report to the Scottish Committee—20th March 2007

Since the last report to the Scottish Council, the Scottish Black members Committee continues to implement two main objectives.

  1. To raise a positive profile of the Committee within UNISON
  2. To increase involvement of Black members, within Scottish UNISON

1. SBMC Policy Weekend

  • SBMC Policy weekend took place on 23-25 February 2007 at Apex Hotel in Dundee.
  • After a fruitful discussion, SBMC amended and agreed a draft action plan, and created sub committee to enable SBMC achieve its four priority objectives.
  • Mr Pav Akhtar UNISON National Equalities Officer and Sofi Taylor NEC very kindly facilitated the event.
  • Also at the weekend one session each was created for networking and training on mainstreaming of Equality and Challenging racism in the work place.
  • The success of the weekend can be measured by indicators as follows:
    • Every delegate freely contributed to the discussion
    • SBMC's action plan was amended and agreed
    • Tutorial inputs matched new and old black members needs
    • Networking session proved a hit; delegates enjoyed DVD coverage of National Black Members Conference 2007, and a pictorial presentation of Scottish Contributions to the National Delegates Conference 2006.
  1. Black Members Training Weekend
  • UNISON Black Members Training Weekend will be organised after consultations with black members regarding their training needs.
  • The Scottish Learning & Organising Committee in it recent meeting expressed its commitment to support organise SBMC training weekend, which is likely to take place in September 2007.
  • The SBMC seeks support from Scottish branches, to send more and more new black members to attend SBMC training event.
  1. TUC BM Conference 2007 and STUC
  • The SBMC adopted the existing procedure to send elected black members to represent our self organising group on TUC Black Members Conference 2007 and STUC 2007.
  • The SBMC agreed to nominate Hamid Rasheed (to attend TUC Black Members Conference 2007) and Ravi Nathan (to represent SBMC at STUC 2007).
  1. St Andrew's Day March
  • SBMC's presence the St Andrews Day March 2006 received good media. SBMC aims to build on its success, by strongly participating in St Andrew's Day March 2007. 
  1. National Black Member's Conference
  • National Black members Conference took place in Liverpool from 19 to 21 January 2007.
  • UNISON Scotland branches supported our call, by sending 6 delegates and 2 visitors from various branches to the conference.
  • SBMC is all praise for UNISON Scotland / its branches for their commitment to the effective participation of black members at National level and Regional level.
  • At the conference, SBMC moved two motions which were unanimously carried.
  • I thank UNISON Scotland and the branches for their on going support for Scottish Black Members Committee.

To ensure accountability; SBMC aims to keep Scottish Committee and the Scottish Council fully informed. SBMC aims to present regular report on its activities to the future Scottish Committee and Scottish Council meetings.

Ismail Donmez

Secretary Scottish Black Members Committee

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