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London & SE FE briefing: Wed 2 September, 12-1pm

London and South East FE regional briefing

02 September 2020 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Fund the future in further education: defend jobs, reopen colleges safely and protect education for all

A UCU briefing for branch officers and reps with Matt Waddup – national head of policy and campaigns, Janet Farrar – president-elect (FE), Adam Lincoln and Michael Moran – regional officials.

The Covid-19 pandemic is already having a significant impact upon the FE sector, and has had a disproportionate impact on our BAME communities, older, disabled and vulnerable people. Women are the majority of those providing care, whether paid or unpaid. They are more likely to be employed on insecure and zero-hours contracts, particularly BME and migrant women, and to be working part-time. Disabled people already face significant barriers in getting and keeping jobs.

Meanwhile the FE employers are rushing to return to face to face teaching and introducing blended learning models which may have long-term implications for safety, jobs, working conditions and workloads. 

It is vital that all UCU branches are able to organise and mobilise effectively to defend jobs and ensure that the reopening of colleges is safe.

This regional briefing will:

  • update you on the funding environment, political context and the potential financial impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on FE institutions
  • discuss the national UCU fund the future campaign, available resources and support for branches
  • review the exam results fiasco and the impact on workloads
  • provide you with practical guidance and advice on defending jobs and ensuring that the reopening of FE colleges is safe for staff and students
  • explore the challenges faced by UCU members over blended learning delivery models.

The webinar panel will discuss how to use workplace campaigns to defend jobs and working conditions. There will be a Q&A session where we can discuss how to link up with local campaigns and issues in your workplace.

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Date:
Wednesday 2 September 2020
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12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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