The Black Members Officer position is currently vacant.
14 June 2020
A government scheme exempting overseas workers from visa fees for one year should be extended to all care staff and NHS employees,
Home Affairs Select Committee report, which also calls for a visa scheme extension.
in a care home. care support worker Akeem Lawall who has been working up to 60 hours a week looking after vulnerable people throughout the pandemic
The 37-year-old earns just £9.50 an hour but will have to pay to replace his visa when it expires in September this year, despite being classed as an essential worker.
Akeem, who came to the UK from Nigeria in 2016 and is married with two children, says: “I want to continue in my job caring for people.
“The visa is a huge cost though that I’ll struggle to pay given my wages – I don’t know how I’ll find the money.”
UNISON is also calling on the government to grant key workers who have been on the Covid-19 frontline indefinite leave to remain.
any migrant workers are in a precarious position with their visas up for renewal during the crisis. They're on the frontline looking after us – we must look after them too
- A one-year visa extension costs around £3,000 which includes the basic fee, NHS surcharge and biometric costs.
Read our new blog with members of UNISON Cymru Wales' Black Members Group about #BlackLivesMatter: “Britain has been living in denial of racism”
Good Morning All
I hope you are well and keeping safe.
Please see the attached report from the National Black Members Committee from the Cymru/Wales BMSOG Chair, Kebba Manneh.
The BMSOG would be most grateful if you can circulate this amongst your branch members.
Many thanks in advance.
UNISON Area Organiser
Inequalities emerging through the pandemic are chilling evidence to support UNISON’s demands on workplace rights and decent public services. We need them now
Kebba Manneh speaking at a UNISON Cymru Wales event. Photo credit: Natasha Hirst There must be an investigation into why Black people have been disproportionately affected by the coronavirus across Wales, says UNISON today (Thursday). UNISON Cymru Wales says Black health service staff and care workers are dying disproportionately, and the higher number of Black […]
Our Black Members Committee has written a lovely tribute to Donna Campbell on behalf of UNISON Cymru Wales. Special thanks to Kebba Manneh and Denise Thomas for writing this and to UNISON's Velindre regional organiser Darron Dupre for his contribution.
UNISON ‘proud’ to sponsor inaugural health BAME award as it launches Race for Equality campaign
UNISON's IT systems - including the Online Conference System - experienced a significant
disruption on 19 September and we know many branches had difficulty uploading motions to National Black Members Conference 2020. Consequently it has been decided to extend the deadline for the
submission of motions to September 24th 11:00 am.
Secretary to National Black Members Standing Orders Committee
Bridgend social worker, Neelo Farr, won election on the UNISON Cymru Wales Labour Link Committee which helps oversee the union’s political lobbying of Welsh government
UNISON Cymru/Wales Black Members Self Organised Group (BMSOG) are requesting that all branches actively encourage their black members to participate in the BMSOG.
We are striving to strengthen our group and your help and support would be greatly received, as we all know face to face conversation are the best recruitment tool. The BMSOG have put together information packs for potential new members to the group which branches can request as and when needed.
If you require any further information or would like to request information packs please do not hesitate to contact Lianne Owen, UNISON Area Organiser on 07903 853018 or email@example.com.
Many thanks in advance.
Chair of the Cymru/Wales Black Members SOG