Online event to mark one year since initially going into lockdown and transitioning to working from home.
Monday, 22 March 2021, 10am-1pm
About this event
Trade unions in Scotland have continued to press the case for a safety-first approach during the pandemic prioritising the health of our members and of wider society. Even with infection rates falling, we expect a gradual approach to the re-opening of workplaces. Health and safety therefore remains a key priority and will continue to be so even when more people return to work as this is expected (particularly in the case of offices) to be a gradual process.
Thus, our event is both looking at the present – the need to maintain best practice on home-working – and the future – the health and safety, bargaining and organising challenges of an increase in homeworking. We obviously recognise that there can be benefits but only in the case that changed work patterns these are agreed by mutual consent and collectively bargained.
As we approach the anniversary of lockdown starting join the STUC’s online event which will discuss:
• The impact of homeworking over the past year on mental health, equalities and health and safety over the past year. Also, that many key workers work from home.
• Challenging the narrative that mass increase in home working is inevitable and suitable in all circumstances
• Highlighting the positive aspects of home working through negotiated flexible working arrangements
• Exploring the rights of workers with respect to unwanted home working and encourage collective negotiated responses
• To explore home working as an organising issue
• Introducing digital organising as a response to increased use of technology for work delivery.
With speakers from UNISON, University of Strathclyde, TUC, Thomsons Solicitors, CWU, Unite the Union and PCS.
All are welcome to join, please register via Eventbrite.
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