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Congress fringe meetings and events###

Monday 16th November


Monday 16th November - 4.00 pm


Well-being and Welfare: The Call for a National Care Service

The Scottish Pensioners’ Forum, the campaigning organisation for older people in Scotland, welcome STUC delegates to join us to discuss our recently published reports on care homes and the need for a National Care Service and the health and safety of older workers in the workplace as a consequence of COVID 19.

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Monday 16th November – 5.00 pm


Learning in the Time of Covid

The current pandemic has presented challenges for all of us in dealing with the wide-ranging effects of the virus. Unions have continued to support workers during this period, not least by continuing to offer learning opportunities to workers, including those who have recently been made redundant.

To allow unions to continue to deliver courses during the pandemic, Scottish Union Learning has had to make substantial changes to the processes for procuring and delivering learning. Working closely with unions and providers we are meeting the ongoing challenges and continuing to improve and adapt our ways of working.

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Monday 16th November 6.00 pm


Safety, Sickness and Precarious Work - COVID and beyond

Speakers include Neil Findlay MSP; Mary Senior (University and College Union); Agatha Marczak (Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union); and Fran Heathcote (Public and Commercial Services Union)

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Monday 16th November 7.00 pm


Building A Call Centre Collective

Covid-19 has shone an acute spotlight on the everyday issues Scottish call centre workers face. The pressures of performance management, challenging call handling times and unachievable bonuses are all now coupled with anxieties of working in close proximity and all the stresses Covid-19 has brought.

This pandemic presents significant challenges to how we organise and represent these “key workers” now and the future. This fringe meeting will look at the development of Call Centre Collective. An alliance that has been constructed to jointly organise call centre workers in Scotland, make representation on issues locally & nationally. Discussions will examine the

• Personal testimony of key workers concerns over working on site during Covid-19

• challenges of organising in these call centres in the Covid-19 pandemic and beyond

• structure and advantages of unions & interested organisation working as a collective to achieve success

This fringe will include a question, answer and ideas session.

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Wednesday & Thursday 18th & 19th November


Wednesday 18th November 2.00 pm


With the large number of Covid-19 cases in Scottish universities at the start of this term; confusion over guidance both for students and online and remote teaching and activities; and the Christmas break coming join UCU General Secretary Jo Grady, SAGE sub-committee member and Scottish Government adviser Professor Steve Reicher, UCU Scotland President Carlo Morelli, and NUS Scotland President Matt Crilly, as they address the key issues facing universities now and in the weeks to come.

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Wednesday 18th November 6-7.30pm


In the last few years, the concept of a ‘just transition’ has gained wide popularity with the Scottish government and policymakers. Yet policy decisions have been driven by industry interests with little to no direction from workers and communities likely to be impacted.

Scotland’s £62m Energy Transition Fund, for example, doesn’t require any guarantees of protection for the workforce, the creation of new opportunities or even emissions reductions from the companies who benefit from it. The government has so far failed to support workers in the oil and gas industry to gain better conditions or move to secure and sustainable employment.

Come and hear trade union and climate justice organisers - from RMT, Unite and Friends of the Earth Scotland - discuss what is needed to reclaim the term, borne in the trade union movement, and how to ensure a just transition in Scotland is worker-led.

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Thursday 19th November 6.30 pm


Trade Unions, Human Rights and Peace in Colombia Justice for Colombia and the STUC host a special event on trade unionism, peace and human rights in Colombia. As the country faces an escalating human rights crisis that has claimed the lives of more than 600 social activists, what can international trade unionists do to support the fragile peace agreement?

We are joined by Colombian trade unionists, Scottish trade unionists who have visited Colombia with JFC and Scottish parliamentarians for an update on the current situation in Colombia.

Speakers include Diogenes Orjuela (President, CUT Colombia), Neil Findlay MSP (Scottish Labour Party), Susan Quinn (General Council, STUC), and Hasan Dodwell (Director, JFC)
Chair: Roz Foyer (General Secretary, STUC)

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