Black and Asian Ethnic Minority

Marking International day for the remembrance of the slave trade and its abolition

23 August has been designated by UNESCO as the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its abolition. From 1562 when slavery began with the first English slaving expedition setting off by Sir John Hawkins to 1865 when the transatlantic slave trade was abolished, between 10 and 28 million African men, women and children were enslaved, persecuted and their human rights denied.

By the end of slavery millions had lost their lives. The transatlantic trafficking of enslaved African labour resulted in brutal economic exploitation and inhumanity towards humankind. This abominable and shameful period of time was unprecedented and unique in the way that these terrible acts and crimes against humanity took place on an industrial scale and was enforced by European law, which involved and was supported by many major establishments and institutions.

We pay tribute to all those who campaigned – black and white – to abolish the trafficking of enslaved African labour. Unite calls on the government to support the organisation of an annual remembrance day and commit resources for education and raising awareness to mark this high profile event.


Black Lives Matter

George Floyd mural

It is time for justice because #BlackLivesMatter ➡️ We must not let anything or anyone distract us from the worthy and righteous call for justice. Find out more on Unite and #BlackLivesMatter

Black & Asian Ethnic Minorities in Unite

Race equality is a key priority in the workplace and beyond. Unite campaigns for fair treatment for all and recognises the responsibility of everyone in the Union to challenge racism in the workplace, the union and our society. 

BAEM workers face higher levels of unemployment and racism at work and Unite Race Forward Campaign action plans are targeted at union reps to support them in tackling racism in the workplace. 

We must all work together to promote race equality and ensure that BAEM members continue to play a key role in our union and to increase their involvement at every level.

By joining Unite you too can get involved in achieving this aim. 

View our national equalities training programme for reps & members

Contact us

Unite National Contacts 

128 Theobald’s Road, Holborn, London WC1X 8TN 
Harish Patel, national officer for equalities, 020 7611 2643 
Diana Holland, Assistant General Secretary, transport - equalities - food, 020 7611 2640
Anooshah Farakish, research officer for equalities, 020 7611 2639

Regional Women's & Equalities Officers

East Midlands – Jessica Honess (Acting), 01332 548400
Ireland - Taryn Trainor, Belfast 028 90 232 381 / Dublin +353 (0) 1873 4577 
London & Eastern – George Dodo-Williams, 0208 800 4281 
North East Yorkshire & Humberside - Sue Pollard, 0113 236 4830 
North West - Sharon Hutchinson, 0151 203 1907 
Scotland - Lorna Glen, 0141 404 5424 
South East - Janet Henney, 01293 613 795 
South West - Karen Cole, 0117 923 0555 
Wales – Joanne Galazka, 02920 394521 
West Midlands - Maureen Scott-Douglas, 0121 553 6051