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Branch Officers Attended the UNISON National Delegate Conference 2023

On the 13 June 2023, our Branch Secretary Karen Rickards, Black Members Officer Lockman Uddin and our Welfare Officer Alicia Wormald made their way to Liverpool for the week to attend the UNISON National Delegates Conference.

The National Delegates Conference is UNISON’s annual parliament, it brings together delegates from across the union to decide the union’s policies and priorities.

This year is UNISON’s Year of the Black Workers, this is an opportunity to celebrate the unions long history of challenging racism in the workplace and come up with practical steps  for further change. NDC celebrates – and resolves to do more for – Black workers | Article | News | UNISON National

UNISON National Delegates Conference 2023, Liverpool. Photo shows Dr Neville Lawrence speaking at the conference. Photo©Steve Forrest/Workers’ Photos

During the National Delegates Conference, on 16 June 2021, UNISON presented Dr Neville Lawrence, father of Stephen Lawrence with honorary unison membership for life, as a mark of respect for the enormous contributions that both Baroness Doreen Lawrence and Dr Neville Lawrence have done to fight racism across UK society.  Blog: Honouring Stephen, Doreen and Neville Lawrence | General Secretary, General Secretary’s blog | News | UNISON National

UNISON presents Dr Neville Lawrence with honorary membership | Article, News | News | UNISON National

Branch Welfare Officer Alicia and Black Members Officer Lockman, at the National Delegates Conference

Read our Welfare Officers report on the National delegates conference below. https://www.unisonbarnardos.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/Officer-Report-NDC-2023-A.wormald_.docx

One huge motion that affects us all is the cost of living crisis, on Friday 16 June the conference debated a trio of motions on the issue on the National Executive Council to continue to prioritise campaigns on the issue; the second highlighting the compound effect of the crisis on private renters and the third on the disproportionate effect of the crisis on Black workers due to the ethnicity pay gap. Conference continues debate on the cost of living | Article, News | News | UNISON National

Unison Cost Of living – YouTube

National Delegates Conference Liverpool

The final day of UNISON’s 2023 national delegate conference opened with a speech from shadow minister for mental health, Rosena Allin-Khan MP 

Rosena Allin-Khan shares Labour’s vision for mental health | Article, News | News | UNISON National

There were lots of motions that were debated and discussed, one being Unison Campaigns for Abortion rights, the fact that abortion is still a criminal offence in this country has to change !

Conference restates UNISON’s campaign for abortion rights | Article, News | News | UNISON National

National conference delegates this week voiced their determination to defend their rights as trade unionists and voters – against a wave of government suppression.

‘We will defend our right to strike – and our right to vote’ | Article, News | News | UNISON National

If you would like to become more involved in the branch and attend the next National Delegates Conference, please do get in touch. Unison@barnardos.org.uk or call 0800 954 9915.