SOAS UNISON motion on “Nationality and Borders Bill” passed at UNISON Regional Council

9 November 2021

SOAS UNISON branch took the Black Members Against racially divisive “Nationality and Borders Bill” motion forward to the UNISON Regional Council and successfully fought for it to be debated and voted for after it had initially been kept off the agenda. The motion concerned the ‘Borders Bill’ currently before parliament. As public sector workers, faced with both subjection to the racist hostile environment and simultaneously the expectation to carry out the discriminatory mechanisms of those policies against our communities, this is a big priority and concern for many members across the region. Fighting racism requires action and resistance to injustice.

The motion had been drafted with colleagues from different sectors who form the Regional Black Members’ Immigration Working Group, and the Regional Council meeting that passed the motion was very well attended. This is encouraging as we work to strengthen the fight to reverse the divisive and racist anti-immigrant hostile environment.

We will be continuing to work with every other branch we can to stop the deplorable proposals of the Nationality and Borders Bill.