GLI History Project

In 2019, the GLI launched a new programme on the history of the international trade union movement, including a book to be published in late 2022 or early 2023, accompanied by education projects to be undertaken with national and international unions.

The book was originally inspired by a 2005 essay, The Labour Movement, written by Dan Gallin, the founding Chair of the Global Labour Institute in Geneva and former General Secretary of the International Union of Foodworkers (IUF). Those interested to learn more are encouraged to read Solidarity, Dan Gallin’s collection of nineteen essays on the international labour movement.

Supported by the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), the project explores the influence of different radical political ideas, the struggles for liberation and independence, the growth of unions in the global south, the impact of war and revolution, and the challenges of globalization, financialization, precariousness and environmental destruction. 

It is designed to introduce activists who are new to the international movement, and those active in local and national trade unions, to current important issues and debates within the international labour movement, and their long histories.

A draft of the book will be available to read soon.