Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Launch Event of the Oxfordshire UNISON Black Members Group


Date: Friday, 20th October 2017, to coincide with Black History Month. 

Place: Union Hall, John Henry Brookes Building, Gipsy Lane, Headington, OX3 0BP

Time: 5pm - 7pm


This event promises to be a wonderful cultural celebration of Black history, with talks, music, creative artwork by some of our members - and food!

This exciting event is being held at Oxford Brookes University and will include a panel discussion and an exhibition celebrating Black history.

This will be a really joyful evening. Do come along, and please do spread the word as widely as possible!

To attend, sign up via EventBrite.

Everyone welcome!

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Black History Month - Upcoming events October 2017

Self Care Workshop: Keeping well at University 
Workshop facilitated by Bee Tajudeen from Black Blossoms

Managing your wellbeing; how to deal with the challenges and stresses of life. 
This workshop will provide an opportunity to think about your work/life balance, discover resources around the University and gather helpful tips of self-care strategies. 
We will explore: - What self-care means - Why it is necessary to prioritise self-care in our lives!

Lunch will be provided. 

Organiser: Oxford Brookes UNISON and Brookes Union 

Contact: Beverly Sesay – bsesay@brookes.ac.uk

WHO: Open to all 
WHEN: Friday 20 October 2017, 12:00pm - 1:00pm 

WHERE: Union Gallery, John Henry Brookes Building, Headington Campus



Oxfordshire UNISON Black Members Group* 
Celebrating Black History (Panel discussion and Exhibition) 

Refreshments will be provided and there will be stalls full of goodies for all to enjoy! 

*This is a group for all Black members of UNISON in the Oxfordshire area 

Contact Beverly Sesay for more information: bsesay@brookes.ac.uk


WHO: Open to all 
WHEN: Friday 20 October 2017, 5:00pm - 7:00pm 
WHERE: Union Hall, John Henry Brookes Building, Headington Campus


Check out the full Black History Month Programme

Thursday, 3 August 2017

UNISON South East Sponsors Black Women’s Conference 2017


UNISON South East and the South East Regional Black Members committee agreed on a sponsorship deal with the organisers of this year’s Black Women’s Conference, the daylong conference had a selection of panels & workshops. It offered a safe space where Black women can meet, share & feel empowered in discussing issues, form stronger bonds.
The Conference took place on the 6th May 2017, at the University College London.
There were Workshops on Self-Love, Black Women and Academia, Wellbeing, Twerking, QTIPOC, and Uniting to End Violence Against Women and Girls.  
There were also performances from live spoken word artists such as Melz, Zena Edwards, Gemma Weekes.
Oxford Brookes University’s UNISON branch secretary Beverly Sesay said:
“This is an excellent opportunity for Black Women to come together and to celebrate and connect with one another and UNISON is proud to be part of the event”.
“This annual event is now in its fifth year and we hope we can help it grow, and that it will become a regular fixture in the UNISON calendar”.

Monday, 31 July 2017

Another legal victory for UNISON


UNISON in Court of Appeal victory over employers who fail to consult unions
UNISON has won a landmark court victory today (Friday) that makes it much harder for employers to ignore staff when making major changes in the workplace.

The Court of Appeal ruling means that for the first time employers will be obliged to consult with unions around any workplace issues that affect their members.

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Employment tribunal fees ruled unlawful

The Supreme Court has ruled that fees for workers bringing employment tribunal cases are unlawful.

Unison successfully argued that these fees prevented workers getting access to justice, especially low-paid workers.

The Unison campaign has lasted four years, and the ruling is a direct result of the union's campaign.

The government will now have to repay all those who were unlawfully charged for their cases.

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Higher Education Race Action Group Conference

Oxford Brookes Unison Branch Sponsors HERAG Conference



by Kanja Sesay


On the 14th June, the Higher Education Race Action Group (HERAG) held its 4th Think Tank conference in London. The conference explored themes that are pertinent to the current discussions and research around race, such as BME (Black Minority Ethnic) representation and success in postgraduate courses and/ or increasing the pipeline into staffing and leadership roles. Developing a consistent approach to improving the BME retention and attainment and ensuring effective implementation within the institution. Other themes such as the development of targeted race equality policies without taking a deficit model approach were explored.

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

BME Forum

There will be a UNISON BME event this Friday 7th July, for all self-defining BME members.

The venue is JHB406 (John Henry Brookes Building) from 4pm to 6pm.

If you are interested in attending, please email bsesay@brookes.ac.uk to confirm your attendance.