The GLU Academy website shows all available GLU Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) at one glance, including the new course on “Fair Wage Strategies in a Global Economy” which will start in October 2017.
The GLU Academy website aims to be a “virtual campus” for debating ideas for social justice and a fairer globalization. It offers an opportunity for trade unionists to learn with and from each other in a global network, combining theory with practical skills for collaboration and action.
After five years of successful annual GLI International Summer Schools, the GLI Network has decided to take a break in 2017.
All being well and with the continuing support of participating unions and federations, the Summer School will return in 2018 with a refreshed programme addressing the intensified challenges facing the international trade union movement.
We’d like to extend our warmest thanks to all those who have supported and participated in the GLI Summer School project so far.
Don’t forget that you can access resources from all of our previous Summer Schools at our online archives here:
And then send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
Your iversity user name
Your Name, Country, City
A short information about your background including on what you do professionally and how you are engaged with labour and global supply chains issues.
In order to receive a scholarship, applicants must first complete 80% of the video lectures and quizzes by the end of the 4th course week (8 February). Successful applicants will be informed and receive their scholarships in mid-February.
The film highlights how women workers, who generally occupy the most precarious and poorly paid jobs in the sector, are joining unions to fight back against societal discrimination, sexual harassment and abuse at work.
According to Jodi Evans, ITF Women’s Officer, the pioneering work of unions involved in the ITF Informal Transport Workers Project has “exploded the myth” that informal workers are unorganisable.
The film ends with a powerful call to action by union organiser John Mark Mwanika from ATGWU Uganda who calls on trade unions to embrace mass membership of informal transport workers and to “globally mobilise” around the Informal Transport Workers’ Charter, which demands decent work and union recognition for all transport workers.
We’re very pleased to announce that you can now access videos, presentations, blog posts and further reading from the 2016 Summer School at our dedicated ISS 2016 online archive page here: ISS 2016 onlive archive
We hope that the archive website will serve as an educational resource for bringing the debates of the Summer School to your own trade unions and organisations. Please note that the site is a work in progress and we’ll continue to add extra content – blog entries, further reading, edited videos, etc. – as they become available.
GLI would like to thank all the speakers and participants who made the 2016 International Summer School such a success. Until the next time!
Held at Northern College in Barnsley, UK, the School brings together trade union activists from across the world “to debate and question what are, and what should be, the politics of the international trade union movement”.
If you are unable to participate in person, you can follow the 2016 GLI International Summer School live online. Many of the plenary sessions and presentations will be streamed live on the web, and can be watched on our ISS16 webpage.
A team of guest bloggers who will be covering the Summer School throughout the week, and we’ll be publishing their blog-posts on a daily basis.
The policy of “putting a price on carbon” has been enshrined in the 2015 Paris Agreement and has long been favoured as the key mechanism for reducing emissions by big business and neoliberal policy makers. For its proponents, carbon trading offers the solution to limiting emissions without unduly disrupting business-as-usual and economic growth.
However, the new TUED working paper demonstrates that carbon markets have led to tensions between unions and are therefore a “lose/lose/lose” proposition for the labour movement. The paper concludes with a call for unions to see past the “neoliberal fantasy” of carbon markets and to work with allies “to better concentrate on developing and organizing around the kind of programmatic commitments that can seriously tackle climate change and the systemic roots of the crisis.”
Union Solidarity International (USi) is seeking to appoint a new member of staff (USi Coordinator) to develop USi’s digital media, and to help provide advice, support and training to the trade union movement as part of a small team based in Manchester.
Union Solidarity International is a not-for-profit organisation, which works closely with a range of national and international trade union organisations, to support the development of international organisation and solidarity through social media and digital technologies. USi shares premises and works together with the Global Labour Institute in Manchester, and has played an important role in our past four GLI International Summer Schools.
Click below to download the job description, plus instructions on how to apply for the job:
Job description: USi Coordinator, Manchester [pdf]
Please note that the deadline for applications is 31 March 2016. Interviews will be held in Manchester on 11 April 2016. Applicants from outside the UK may be asked to attend an interview by Skype. All applications/queries should be addressed to: email@example.com
Online Course on “Workers´ Rights in a Global Economy”
Starting on 3 March 2016, The Global Labour University will be offering a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on “Workers’ Rights in a Global Economy” (watch trailer above). This online course connects union members and labour activists from around the world on the interactive platform iversity to learn and to exchange about the challenges and strategies for implementing workers´ rights worldwide.
The course is jointly taught by academics, ILO and trade union experts. It runs over 8 weeks (3 March – 27 April + exam period) and is based on video lectures, readings, and interactive quizzes and discussions. The course is free in the audit track and costs 49 Euro in the certificate track which is awarded by a certificate recognized by the Global Labour University and Penn State University.
The Global Labour University (GLU) invites trade unionists and social activists to apply to its Masters’ Programmes in Germany, India and the USA. Students have the opportunity to study together in a multidisciplinary and multicultural environment and benefit from the expertise of the international GLU network of universities, Global Unions, national trade union centers, the Friedrich Ebert Foundation and the International Labour Organization (ILO).
The Masters’ programmes focus on policies for social justice including global governance, international labour standards, development, economics, trade and multinational companies. Discussions, internships and field research with trade unions and other progressive movements provide unique insights into the international world of labour. A limited number of scholarships will be awarded.
Video by Reel News. (this is an edited video of the event – we hope to make the full length recording available in the near future)
On Monday 7th December, over 700 trade unionists and other social movement activists packed out an auditorium in Paris to hear the writer and activist Naomi Klein, UK Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, and a panel of trade union activists discuss solutions to the crisis of climate change, at an event billed under the title: “Now is not the time for small steps”.
Both Klein and Corbyn stressed the fundamental importance of energy democracy – the social ownership and democratic control of renewable energy generation – for a just, job-rich transition to a low-carbon world. Klein said that the “powerful thing” about energy democracy was that it went beyond simply demanding state ownership over private ownership of energy resources, and specified what that ownership should like – i.e. democratic, community-based and with a broad social mandate.
Both also pointed to the destruction wrought by recent flooding in the UK as evidence of the incompatibility of the “logic of austerity” with effectively protecting communities against the effects of climate change, and more fundamentally, with the levels of public investment needed to reorientate economies towards a democratic low-carbon future. Corbyn described how the British Prime Minister, David Cameron, had declared last year that money was “no object” in dealing with floods, yet has since slashed spending on flood defences, and looks set to do this again.
Drawing attention to the ways in which trade unionists are already at the forefront of fighting against climate change and privatised energy resources, Judy Gonzalez from the New York State Nurses Union, described how her union had been a driving force behind the “people’s power” movement which successfully halted the building of the Keystone XL oil pipeline in US, and also in bringing about a ban on fracking in New York.
Josua Mata, General Secretary of SENTRO – one of the Philippines’ largest trade union centres – spoke of how a group of Filipino workers have been at the forefront of building community power to reverse the privatisation of electricity co-operatives in rural areas of the Philippines. A more detailed account of this is given in an interview given by Mata to the New Internationalist magazine which can be viewed here: “A social uprising for energy democracy.”
Corbyn concluded the meeting by calling on people to “unleash the optimism, unleash the imagination, unleash the hope”. A full version of his speech can be viewed at the Democracy Now! website here.
The GLI Network urges union members across the world to “unleash the hope” by joining Trade Unions for Energy Democracy and demanding the democratisation of our energy systems. As outlined in TUED’s report, “Power to the People: Toward Democratic Control of Energy Generation“, these energy systems must prioritise the public good and environmental sustainability over private greed. We call for unions to be at the forefront in building cross-movement alliances and building the “people power” needed to make these transformative changes possible.