University Strikes, Regulating Facial Recognition, and UK Trade with Russia: New Official Publications 22.03.22

Westminster & the UK Government

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© Parliamentary Copyright House of Commons 2021. Contains Parliamentary information licensed under the Open Parliament Licence v3.0

University Strikes FAQs – “Between 2018 and 2020, the University and College Union (UCU) coordinated a series of strikes across UK universities. Further industrial action was curtailed by the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic from March 2020.

The UCU once again balloted its members between October and November 2021 for industrial action. Three days of strike action involving 58 universities followed in December 2021. A re-ballot led to 68 universities striking for ten days between 14 February and 2 March 2022.”

Universities Superannuation Scheme – “University and College Union (UCU) members have taken strike action opposing cuts to pensions in the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) taking place in April 2022. This briefing looks at the changes made to the scheme and its valuations.”

Sanctions against Russia – “In response to Russian military action in Ukraine, Western allies and other partners across the globe have imposed an unprecedented package of coordinated sanctions against Russia. What has been announced so far and are further measures likely? This briefing paper should be taken as correct at the time of writing.”

Scottish Parliament & Government

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Economic, social and cultural rights and the proposed Human Rights Bill – “The Scottish Government has proposed a new Human Rights Bill to protect a range of economic, social and cultural rights in Scotland. This briefing, which includes input from various SPICe researchers, outlines the current human rights framework in Scotland and explains what would change under the Scottish Government’s proposals.”

Opioid Substitution Therapy (OST) implicated deaths and prescribing: evidence review – “This paper summarises current knowledge of trends around methadone and buprenorphine related deaths and changes to prescribing practice in Scotland.”

Suicide ideation – experiences of adversely racialised people: research – “Research commissioned by the National Suicide Prevention Leadership Group (NSPLG) into the experiences of suicide ideation of racialised people in Scotland”

European Union

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© EPRS | European Parliamentary Research Service, 2021

Regulating facial recognition in the EU – “The European Union is considering regulating facial recognition in the proposed artificial intelligence act, currently under discussion. This EPRS publication explains the state of play and further highlights the concerns raised by the use and the potential impacts on people’s fundamental rights of facial recognition technologies. Against this background, the paper explores the current EU legal framework applicable to facial recognition and examines the recent proposals for regulating facial recognition technologies at EU level in depth.”

Latest analyses of Russia’s war on Ukraine [What Think Tanks are thinking] – “Russia’s armed forces have increased their bombardment and shelling of Ukrainian cities, stepping up the war launched on 24 February. However, new talks between Moscow and Kiev about a future status for Ukraine outside NATO have raised hopes about a possible breakthrough in the biggest military conflict in Europe since World War II. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has renewed calls on NATO to establish a ‘no-fly zone’ over Ukraine. Instead, the West has imposed tough sanctions against Russia, and many companies are withdrawing from the country, pushing it towards a default, emptying its shops and sending the rouble into freefall. Russian President Vladimir Putin said on 16 March that Russia was ready to discuss Ukraine’s neutrality, but added that Moscow would still achieve the goals of its military operation. Ukraine says it is willing to negotiate to end the war but will not surrender or accept Russian ultimatums. This note gathers links to the recent publications and commentaries from many international think tanks on Russia’s war on Ukraine, its implications for the two countries, for the European Union and for the whole world. Earlier analyses of the implications of the war can be found in a previous edition of the ‘What Think Tanks are Thinking’ series.”

Women in times of COVID-19 – “Marking International Women’s Day 2022, the European Parliament commissioned a Flash Eurobarometer survey to gather women’s opinions on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on violence against women, mental health and women’s working lives. 77% of women in the EU think that the COVID-19 pandemic has led to an increase in physical and emotional violence against women in their own country, ranging from 93% in Greece to 47% in Hungary. Four in ten respondents (38%) say the pandemic has also had a negative impact on women’s income, as well as on their work-life balance (44%) and on the amount of time they allocate to paid work (21%). Specifically looking at gender related issues, the study also focuses on women’s future priorities for the European Parliament. Trafficking and sexual exploitation for women and children (47%) and mental and physical violence against women (47%), followed by the pay gap between women and men and its impact on career development (41%) – are the top three gender related priorities for the European Parliament.”

Official Statistics

“Nature jobs” using environmental goods and services sector data: 2019 – “Assessing what the environmental goods and services sector (EGSS) framework shows about nature jobs in the UK for 2010 to 2019 and opportunities for further research.”

Comparing environmental economy estimates, UK – “A comparison of the methodology for the UK’s two sets of environmental economy estimates. Including similarities and differences in coverage, how the estimates are calculated, and how to understand what the data show.”

UK trade with Russia: 2021 “A closer look at the goods and services the UK trades with Russia.”

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  1. Reblogged this on SWOP Forum.

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