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We have a fantastic range of fringe events taking place so you can join the debate about key issues affecting women at work

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Please note, unless stated otherwise, fringes are organised by affiliated unions. We have listed these fringe events in good faith as they are an opportunity for unions to bring their members concerns to the foreground for discussion. Topics and content discussed in fringe events do not necessarily represent TUC policy, which can only be made at Congress, and are the responsibility of the organising unions involved.  

Wednesday 3 March 2021

COVID-19. Women and Work - Organising to meet new challenges

Time: 12:30

Organiser: Trade Union Coordinating Group

A discussion of how the new ways of working during COVID-19 (and beyond?) impact on women in particular, and pose new challenges for trade union organising.
Chair: Tania Bassett (national official, NAPO)
Speakers: Mary Bousted (joint general secretary, National Education Union) Jo Grady (general secretary, University and College Union) Sarah Woolley (general secretary, Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union)

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Black Women and the Impacts of Coronavirus

Time: 18:30

Organiser: PCS

PCS are pleased to host this event, focusing on the various impacts of Coronavirus on black women workers. You will hear from women who are workers within the culture sector, facilities management [outsourced workers] and civil servants, on the impacts of the Coronavirus. Online platform is Zoom. A BSL signer will be provided for this event. 18:30 – 19.15
Chair: Zita Holbourne, PCS national vice president, TUC Women's committee and chair of PCS National Women's Forum
Speakers: Cina Aissa, creator of Lockdown Zine PCS Culture, artist and musician; Outsourced worker, tbc; Zahra Sultana MP - British Labour Party politician who has been the member of parliament for Coventry South since the 2019 general election.

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Thursday 4 March 2021 

Ctrl, Alt, Delete - the online abuse of women

Time: 12:30

Organiser: ASLEF

A panel of experts will discuss the growing trend of online abuse aimed at women and examine ways to campaign to eliminate it.
Chair: Deborah Reay
Speakers: Charlotte Nicholls, shadow minister for Women and Equality; Kate Worthington, practitioner, Revenge Porn Helpline; Aliya Bakheit, communications manager, Glitch.

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Friday 5 March 2021

Building for women’s engagement in the union during the pandemic and beyond

Time: 12.30

Organiser: National Education Union

Join us for a discussion of successes and challenges of organising on a national scale during the pandemic: taking our members demands from the workplace to Whitehall. How we created networks to strengthened our bargaining power and recruited and retained hundreds of women workplace reps during the Covid-19 crisis.
Chair: Heather McKenzie, NEU Executive member and Chair of the NEU Women's Organising Forum
Speakers: Karen Carberry - NEU lead equality organiser for Women. Access to the union during lockdown, technology and how it benefits women; Louise Atkinson NEU junior vice president - Network building and issue based organising; Amy Kilpatrick, joint branch and district secretary - the impact of Covid-19 on education workers - work life balance, workload, stress and the Help a Child to Learn campaign.

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