On 27-29 April, UNISON will be hosting ‘International Live!’ – a series of three webinars taking place across Tuesday 27, Wednesday 28 and Thursday 29 April, each from 6pm – centred around key issues within UNISON’s priority areas of international work.

The sessions will feature guest speakers, activists from UNISON and our sister unions, representatives from partner workers’ rights organisations, affiliated solidarity groups and others. There will also be a Q&A section in each webinar where you can put your questions to the panel.

UNISON members are invited to sign up to attend these webinars, so please take a look at the listings below and use the registration links to sign up.

Also don’t forget to follow UNISON International on Facebook and Twitter for the latest details on these and all future events.

Palestine: Is Your Pension Fund Invested in the Occupation?

Tuesday 27 April – 6pm-7pm

This session will provide an introduction to the union’s new practical guide to help activists to call on their pension fund to put pressure on any companies they invest in to end their involvement with the violation of Palestinian human rights.

  • It will explore how major companies are involved in the illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank and supply the infrastructure, technology and equipment that supports the military occupation.
  • How you can seek to use the financial influence of your pension fund to demand that companies respect international law.
  • Introduce some of the tools developed to help Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) members campaign on the issue.

With speakers from Palestine, UNISON and the Palestine Solidarity Campaign.

Register for the Webinar here.

Curbing Corporate Power: Business, Human Rights and the need for International Regulation

Wednesday 28 April – 6pm-7.30pm

Annually more than 2.78 million people globally die through occupational accidents of work-related diseases. And thousands of trade unionists and other human and environmental rights defenders are murdered, detained, assaulted and/or threatened by entities linked to economic activity.

We urgently need a new law to hold companies to account when they ‘fail to prevent’ human rights abuses and environmental harms. This law should mandate companies to undertake human rights and environmental due diligence’ (HRDD) across their supply chains and provide remedy when they fail to prevent abuse.

However, with around £260 billion of goods and services purchased annually, the public sector is the single biggest buyer in the UK. That’s a lot of influence. So how can businesses be told to act responsibility without the public sector leading the way? UNISON believes a ‘Failure to Prevent’ HRDD law should include the public sector within its scope.

Marking International Workers’ Memorial Day, this webinar we will commemorate the deaths of workers who have died due to their work and the public sectors contribution to that. We’ll explain why we need a new regulation to prevent abuse to people and the planet and why we believe the public sector should be included within its scope.

Register for the Webinar here.

The Struggle for Human and Workers’ Rights in Turkey

Thursday 29 April – 6pm-7.30pm

Turkey has experienced a significant erosion of democracy, human and workers’ rights and the rule of law in recent years as President Erdogan has reinforced his authoritarian rule. Attacks on trade unions are common, resulting in Turkey being rated as one of the ten worst countries in the world for workers.

Hear how trade unions are playing a leading role in the struggle for workers’ and human rights, democracy, justice and peace in Turkey.

With speakers from the Confederation of Public Employees Trade Unions (KESK), the Confederation of Progressive Trade Unions of Turkey (DISK) and Solidarity with the People of Turkey (SPOT).

Register for the Webinar here.