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Scottish Black Members Committee
Report to the Scottish Council—10th February 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. Scottish Black Members Committee Policy weekend
  2. SBMC Policy weekend is taking place on 23-25 February 2007 at Apex Hotel in Dundee. We have drafted an action plan for discussion, to decide how SBMC can best achieve its four priority objectives. Mr Pav Akhtar UNISON National Equalities Officer and Sofi Taylor NEC has kindly agreed to facilitate the event and share information, to ensure that the policy weekend is successful.

  3. Scottish Black Members Group's Annual General Meeting
  4. The Scottish Black Members Group's AGM is scheduled to take place on 17 November 2007. No decision has been made regarding the venue for the AGM.

  5. Black Members Training Weekend
  6. UNISON Black Members Training Weekend will be organised after consultations with black members regarding their training needs. The training event is likely to take place in September 2007. The committee will seek support from Scottish branches to send more and more new black members to attend our training event.

  7. STUC BM Conference 2007
  8. The committee will adopt the existing procedure to and send elected black members to represent UNISON on Scottish Trade Union Black Members Conference likely to take place in September 2007.

  9. St Andrew's Day March
  10. 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. 

  11. 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.

Ismail Donmez, Secretary SBMC