The annual STUC Black Workers Conference was held over the weekend of 7-8 October at the Golden Jubilee Hotel in Clydebank.
The precursor to the conference was the annual STUC Black History Month lecture delivered this year by Roger McKenzie, Assistant General Secretary of UNISON.
The theme of this year’s conference was ‘Educate, Agitate, Organise’ and brought together delegates from a range of trade unions.
The NUJ was heavily involved in the conference taking forward motions as well as presenting a workshop on the Saturday as part of the ‘Agitate’ section.
The workshop, delivered by NUJ Scotland Organiser Dominic Bascombe, featured ways for communities to access alternative forms of media such as zines, podcasts and YouTube channels. It explored the difficulties of monopolistic ownership in the media, the differences in reporting on issues affecting BME communities in the United States and the United Kingdom and the intersection of alternative forms of media with traditional media outlets.
The NUJ took forward two motions to the conference, one on the need for diversity in the media on the heels of the equal pay dispute at the BBC, and the other on the right to create and access public spaces for marginalized communities. Both motions were accepted and agreed by the conference and will form part of the future work of the STUC Black Workers committee.
A video report on the conference by UK44TV is available here.