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.
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.
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.
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!
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.