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Transnational industrial relations and the search for alternatives

The Work and Employment Research Unit at the University of Greenwich (London) is organising an international workshop on ‘Transnational industrial relations and the search for alternatives’ to be held on 31 May – 1 June. The event will feature speakers from unions, NGOs and universities from all around the world. Registration is £160 including dinner at the Trafalgar in Greenwich, or £80 for students. The keynote speakers will be Sarah Finke from the International Transport Workers’ Federation, and Guglielmo Meardi from Warwick Business School.

For details see  http://werugreenwich.wordpress.com/2012/04/14/tnir-workshop-programme-available-2/

To register, please contact Lef Kretsos (l.kretsos@greenwich.ac.uk)

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2012 International Summer School

The GLI 2012 International Summer School, on “The Political Agenda of the International Trade Union Movement”, in partnership with Unite the Union, is being held on 9-13 July 2012, Northern College, in the UK.

The summer school is an opportunity to debate and question what are, and what should be, the politics of the international trade union movement. Participating national unions and Global Union Federations are sending delegations of activists, with an emphasis on young trade union members.

 

 

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Global Labour University – Masters Programme

Labour movement activists with a university degree are invited to apply for the Global Labour University (GLU) one-year masters programmes on globalisation for, being held in Germany and India. Applications have to be submitted  before 1 March 2012 and have to be endorsed by a trade union. The courses are held in English. Some scholarships are available. Know anyone who would be interested? Please see details at http://www.global-labour-university.org/.

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Building Workplace Power in the Food & Drink Industry

GLI is working with Unite the Union and the International Union of Foodworkers (IUF) to develop new residential courses for workplace union representatives in the food, drink and tobacco sector. These are designed to build union power in the workplace, and build national and international coordination between workplace representatives. The food manufacturing sector – big companies who make the stuff you buy in supermarket chiller cabinets – is notorious for poverty wages, tough working conditions and precarious employment.

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Precarious & Informal Transport Workers

GLI’s new preparatory project with the International Transportworkers’ Federation (ITF) is set to launch in September 2011, exploring the growth and impact of informal and precarious work on transport in three pilot cities in Africa and Asia, and the implications for the organising strategies of ITF affiliated unions.

GLI’s team is to be joined by Jane Logan, working with us as an intern researcher.  The internship is the result of our cooperation with the Institute for Development Policy & Management at Manchester University, where Jane recently completed her Masters degree.

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Transport Workers in the Urban Informal Economy: Livelihood Profile

GLI is pleased to announce that our new research report Transport Workers in the Urban Informal Economy: Livelihood Profile is now available to view and download.

This report was commissioned by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to profile the size and significance of those working in the urban informal transport sector in developing and transition countries, and to make suggestions on what can be done to improve the life-chances and livelihoods of urban workers in the informal transport economy.

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Partnership with Northern College and Unite the Union

GLI is delighted to announce the new partnership with Northern College and Unite the Union to develop a new range of residential advanced courses for union activists on ‘Organising in the Global Economy’. More details soon!

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Taking Stock: Decent Work Opportunities for Women and Men in the Informal Economy

GLI is pleased to announce that our new Workshop Report on Organising Street Vendors in Liberia is now available to view and download.

This workshop was organised and facilitated by Women In Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO) with two closely related aims:

  • to strengthen the organising capacity of the National Petty Union of Liberia (NAPETUL)
  • to explore the potential for a longer-term partnership between NAPETUL, the Liberian Labour Congress (LLC), Ghana TUC and StreetNet International.

This is the report of that workshop, held in Monrovia in May 2011.

This research and training was commissioned by Realizing Rights/Rockefeller Foundation as part of the project Taking Stock: Decent Work Opportunities for Women and Men in the Informal Economy.