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TUC North West Black Activist Development Programme
Event details
Fri, 22 Mar 2024 - 10:00 to
Mon, 12 Aug 2024 - 16:00
Free (travel, accomodation and other expenses to be met by trade union)

Aim of the programme

The aim of this programme is to identify, empower and enable Black trade union members and activists interested in doing so, to step forward within the movement. 

It will also help the TUC to continue to learn what the trade union movement should be doing better in order to ensure the movement reflects and represents its diverse membership.

What do we mean by Black

Black’ – with a capital B– is used to indicate people with a shared history. ‘Black’ is used in a broad political and inclusive sense to describe people in the UK who have suffered from colonialism and enslavement in the past and continue to experience racism and diminished opportunities in today’s society”. 

Black workers are more likely to be trade union members, yet they remain under-represented as union reps, activists, staff, officers, political leaders and change makers. If we want the trade union movement to truly reflect the workers it represents and to bring about effective change for all, then we need to remove the barriers that prevent Black members from becoming active, developing and advancing within the movement.

This programme is for Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic trade union members. 

What will participants gain from completing the programme?

The programme will enable participants to develop the knowledge, skills and networks they need to become active or progress within the movement. 

The programme will cover the following:

  • Understanding union structures and how to navigate them.
  • Identify and breaking through barriers.
  • Organising for power – building and maintaining your unions strength and effectiveness.
  • Running successful campaigns.
  • Communicating as an effective trade unionist.
  • Becoming an effective leader.
  • Making change through politics.
  • Networking opportunities with leading union officials and political figures.

Programme dates

  • 22 & 23 March: Manchester/Bury
  • 13 April: Online
  • 13 & 14 May: London (tbc)
  • 15 June: TBC
  • 8 & 9 July: Liverpool
  • August: final date and location TBC

All courses will run between 10.00 and 16.00. Some two day sessions might require an overnight stay.

Who can apply?

We welcome applications from trade union members, activists, reps, and officers who work or live in the North West and self-identify as Black.

We would like to see applications from trade unionists who are keen to broaden their skills, advance in their roles and union.

If you know someone who would be perfect for this programme, please do encourage them to apply. 

If you want more information on what the programme entails or have questions about applying, please email Jawad Khan -  

Cost/union sponsorship

The training and programme is free. But there are costs are involved when participating in this programme, but these should not be borne by the participants themselves.

To ensure this, we are asking participant's respective trade union and/or branch to cover the expenses involved with the course (including travel to and from sessions, including London, hotel accomodation where appropriate and other necessary expenses. This would be in line with any agreements/policies the union has)

What if my union refuses to pay/can’t afford it?

We do not wish for costs to be a barrier. So, if you are concerned your union has insufficient funds, please get in touch with Jawad so we can discuss.


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