UNISON is delighted to announce that Ameen Hadi (above) has won the 2024 Nelson Mandela award.
The award is given to those who exemplify Nelson Mandela’s values of ‘determination, a desire for unity, and strength in the face of injustice’.
In gratitude to a great man who was an honorary member of UNISON, the National Black Members’ Committee continue to pay tribute to Nelson Mandela’s legacy and champion those who live by his standards.
Ameen is a passionate and dedicated anti-racist and advocate for equality, equity, diversity and inclusion.
Within Salford, Ameen has been pivotal to the recruitment and organisation of Black members and activists and has been integral in building our work in social care and significantly increasing Black member representation at all levels of our branch.
He has challenged employers, including Salford City Council on their lack of action in tackling racism and oppression through a combination of offering joint working on training and providing solidarity, but also delivering clear and direct criticism when appropriate.
Beyond Salford, Ameen has utilised his role on the North West Black members committee further develop and support Black members and activists, to campaign on a huge variety of issues and develop links with external organisations like Show Racism the Red Card and Hope Not Hate.
UNISON national equality officer Margaret Greer said:”Ameen’s contribution to UNISON and to tackling racism in the workplace has been immense and is well worthy of this award.”