About us

What is GLI Manchester

The Global Labour Institute in Manchester is a not-for-profit organisation, established in 2010 in cooperation with the Global Labour Institute in Switzerland and the  Global Labor Institute at Cornell University (now Trade Unions for Energy Democracy), New York.

Together with the GLI Moscow (Praxis Centre), and the GLI Paris (ReAct), the five organisations form the GLI Network and share a commitment to democratic socialist principles.

We work closely with a range of global union federations, national trade unions, workers’ associations, development agencies, research institutions and workers’ education organisations.

We conduct education, capacity-building and research on international labour movement development and organising strategies. We have specialist international experience in political education, organisation and trade union policy with informal economy workers, gender equality, climate crisis and just transition, and the design and management of international workers’ education programmes.

GLI Manchester undertakes research, design and delivery of international courses and meetings for senior workplace reps in specific industrial sectors or corporations. Each is designed to create or strengthen cross-border organisation and solidarity between unions to build collective power in the global workplace, working closely with the appropriate Global Union Federations. We also design, manage and evaluate longer-term international projects to support trade union development and organisation.

GLI Manchester currently coordinates the GLI Network.

GLI Manchester is constituted as a not-for-profit company (GLI Network Ltd) limited by guarantee under UK law.