Panelists so far include:
Patrick Vernon, Social commentator & Windrush Campaigner
Ellen Clifford, DPAC & Author: The War on Disabled People.
Sue Abbott, NEC & Chair of the Women's Members Standing Committee
We’re told that diseases don’t discriminate, that Coronavirus is the great leveller. After all, Prince Charles and Boris Johnson have both had it. In reality the pandemic is exposing and exacerbating inequality.
A third of Covid-19 cases with critical symptoms have been people from BAME communities while black and Asian people are hugely over-represented among frontline workers who have died.
In our education institutions, any pretence at tackling inequalities has been ditched in the rush to keep us working from home. Women are more likely to bear the brunt of parenting and caring responsibilities.
Disabled staff no longer have access to their reasonable adjustments. BAME staff and are overrepresented in the lowest paid and most insecure jobs in post-16 education and public services.
The government is already discussing a phased end to lockdown that would leave older, sick and disabled workers isolated rather than shielded.
Where do migrant staff and students stand in further, adult and higher education? How do we challenge divisive policies that treat workers as collateral damage in the pursuit of profit?
There can be no return to austerity. Our workplaces were already rife with inequality before the pandemic. How can we stop the politics of hate and division and promote solidarity and unity?
As educators we have a central role in the fight for equality. In our workplaces, our curriculum, communities and wider society.
Join us for the UCU Left hosted webinar to discuss how we can organise and fight for equality under the lockdown and after.