Once again this past week we’ve been busy scanning across the internet to find the latest information and Open University courses. The greatest university on the planet (we reckon anyway) is always innovating and leading the way on many issues that affect us around the globe and these news pieces reflect just that. So if there’s a free course or bit of news on the agenda then hopefully we will pick it up and stick it on the next Open University news.
University strike is over more than pay – Some 60,000 university workers were set to strike on Wednesday and Thursday. The UCU union members are demanding more than the bosses’ paltry 1.1 percent pay offer. They also want to end the pay inequality that blights the lives of women and casualised workers. Gender pay equality will be the theme of the first strike day, while the second will focus on casualisation. A protest against zero hours contracts will take place at London Metropolitan University in north London at 1pm on Thursday.
Banking crimes without end – OpenLearn – Open University. In the last week of February 2016, two reports were published by the National Audit Office, on the same day. One calculated that ‘Claims management firms take quarter of PPI payouts, the other warning that ‘Pensions overhaul could trigger raft of mis-selling. Each was a telling reminder that the financial services sector is criminogenic, a series of markets and firms where crime is part of normal business practice and within which UK banks are “serial offenders.
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