1. Thursday lunchtime talks and discussions
We are pleased to announce two series of lunchtime events hosted by Cardiff UCU and taking place on Thursday lunchtimes throughout the semester:
‘Resist! The future of collective action and unionisation’ is a series of research talks in which our very own experts on political organising reflect on how their research can inform our actions and those of the broader union movement. Talks will be followed by discussion.
‘Understanding Cardiff: perspectives from members’ is a series of casual conversations in which members with particular expertise explain and take questions on some of the most pressing issues facing our branch.
The timetable begins with the following two talks. You can see the full programme here.
Understanding Covid 19: Conversation and Q&A with Professor Trevor Dale
Thursday 4th February 1:10-2pm
‘Unions in the Datafied Workplace: Covid-19 and Beyond’ — Professor Lina Dencik part of Resist! The future of collective action and unionisation
Thursday February 11 13:10-14:00
2. Open bargaining webinar: Thursday 4 February 2021, 17:00 – 18:30
UCU National is organizing a webinar on open bargaining. Join Jo Grady and a panel of speakers, including a colleague from a tertiary education union in the US and an industrial relations academic from the UK. The speakers will explore the concept of open negotiations and reflect on the practicalities of the approach in practice. Participants will be asked to reflect on the pros and cons of the concept and what ‘opening-up’ the bargaining process within our sectors and workplaces might mean.
The deadline for registration is Monday 1 February 2021 and you can register here.
3. Holocaust Memorial Day
Each year on 27 January, Holocaust Memorial Day commemorates the millions of Jewish people murdered during the Holocaust, as well as other victims of Nazi persecution and subsequent genocides.
The theme for this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day is ‘Be the light in the darkness’. UCU branches and members are encouraged to observe the day by reflecting on the different forms of darkness we face, from identity-based persecution to denial of justice – as well as the ways in which we can ‘be the light’ through acts of solidarity, resistance and education.
This year, the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust is also organising a national online memorial ceremony at 7pm; we encourage UCU members to attend this and join those across the country in lighting a candle at 8pm to commemorate those killed in the Holocaust.
Register here for the national digital memorial event at 7pm on 27 January.