Webinar: Dying to Save Lives (public procurement)

28 October 2020 11:00am–12:00pm

COVID-19 has shone a spotlight on how hundreds of thousands of workers are severely exploited, enslaved even, to make our PPE and other essential work tools.

When the COVID-19 pandemic broke, there was a rush to find personal protective equipment (PPE) for key workers and laptops for home working. But in the urgency to stay safe, nobody stopped to question who was making the PPE, and whether they were safe too.

Join us for the first in a series of three webinars as part of UNISON’s Purchasing Power: Putting Workers’ Rights at the Heart of Procurement project.

This first webinar will discuss the problem with global supply chains, workers’ rights and public procurement; show how what we do locally has a global impact and why it is an issue for UNISON members; and the exciting solutions UNISON is developing.

The event will also launch UNISON’s new research report on what’s happened to public procurement during COVID-19.

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Our panellists are:

  • Kan Matsuzaki, IndustriALL Director of Electrical, Electronics, ICT and Shipbreaking and Ship ;

  • Omana George, Electronics Watch Monitoring Coordinator;

  • Gemma Freedman, International Unit;

  • Chair, Stephen Smeillie, NEC International Committee

The other webinar dates will be announced shortly.