UNISON International is running a series of webinars centred around key issues within the union’s priority areas of international work.
The sessions will feature guest speakers, activists from UNISON and our unions, representatives from partner workers’ rights organisations, affiliated solidarity groups and others. There will also be a Q&A section in each webinar where you can put your questions to the panel.
The full timetable including the links to register is below.
Palestine: Is your pension fund invested in the occupation?
Tuesday 27 April, 6pm to 7pm
This webinar will provide an introduction to UNISON’s practical new guide to help activists to call on their pension fund to put pressure on any companies they invest in to end their involvement with the violation of Palestinian human rights.
- It will explore how major companies are involved in the illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank and supply the infrastructure, technology and equipment that supports the military occupation.
- How you can seek to use the financial influence of your pension fund to demand that companies respect international law.
- Introduce some of the tools developed to help Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) members campaign on the issue.
With speakers from Palestine, UNISON and the Palestine Solidarity Campaign.
Curbing Corporate Power: Business, Human Rights and the need for International and National Regulation
Wednesday 12 May, 6pm to 7.30pm
Annually more than 2.78 million people globally die through occupational accidents of work-related diseases. And thousands of trade unionists and other human and environmental rights defenders are murdered, detained, assaulted and/or threatened by entities linked to economic activity.
We urgently need a new law to hold companies and the public sector to account when they ‘fail to prevent’ human rights abuses and environmental harms. This law should mandate companies and the public sector to undertake human rights and environmental due diligence’ (HRDD) across their supply chains and provide remedy when they fail to prevent abuse.
Speakers & Chair
• Mark Dearn, Director, Corporate Justice UK
• Amanda Hawes, American Occupational Health Lawyer
• Glen Mpufane – IndustriALL Director of Mining and DGOJP
• Angela Roberts, Vice Chair, NEC International Committee & Welsh Ambulance Branch (Chair)
The Struggle for Human and Workers’ Rights in Turkey
Tuesday 18 May, 6pm to 7.30pm
Turkey has experienced a significant erosion of democracy, human and workers’ rights and the rule of law in recent years as President Erdogan has reinforced his authoritarian rule. Attacks on trade unions are common, resulting in Turkey being rated as one of the ten worst countries in the world for workers.
This webinar will hear how trade unions are playing a leading role in the struggle for workers’ and human rights, democracy, justice and peace in Turkey.
With speakers from the Confederation of Public Employees Trade Unions (KESK), the Confederation of Progressive Trade Unions of Turkey (DISK) and Solidarity with the People of Turkey (SPOT).