The fifth GLI International Summer School took place from 4th – 8th July, 2016, at Northern College in Barnsley, UK. The School brought together trade union activists from across the world to address the broad question “what are, and what should be the politics of the international trade union movement?”
The Summer School culminated in a discussion of the GLI International Summer School “Living Manifesto”. Click here to view and download it.
The Living Manifesto is directed towards the trade union movement itself, as a stimulant to discussion amongst trade unionists throughout the world, and as a political education tool that can be carried by summer school participants back into their respective unions for debate.
You can access videos, presentations, blog posts and further reading from the 2016 Summer School by clicking on the links below…
Dave Spooner (GLI Manchester, UK)
A brief guided tour around the political and organisational landscape of the movement – for all those who are new to international trade union discussions.
Asbjørn Wahl (Fagforbundet, Norway)
A whistle-stop exploration of capitalism, anti-capitalism, globalisation and neoliberalism.
Baba Aye (Medical & Health Workers’ Union, Nigeria); Maite Llanos (GLI Co-ordinator for Latin America, Argentina); Peter Damo (FSIE Teachers Union, Romania) & Bert Schouwenburg (GMB, UK)
An overview of how the current state of the world’s trade union movement looks from the perspective of different regions and contexts. Presentations give regional snapshots of Eastern Europe, Africa and Latin America, and a close-up look at post-Brexit UK.
A sober assessment of the “big picture” of union organisation worldwide. Sam Gindin explores the question of why the labour movement has failed to adequately respond to changes brought about by globalisation, identifying key trends relevant both to the movement’s past and future.
A brief overview of the politics of education in the trade union movement, exploring the development of workers’ education, critical pedagogy and the impact of the “New Organising Agenda”.
Rajkamal Tewary (Defence Shipbuilding Workers Union, Kolkata, India); Jane Barrett (WIEGO, South Africa); Khalid Mahmood (Labour Education Foundation, Pakistan) & Aisling Gallaghar (Sex Workers Open University, UK)
A combination of speaker presentations and contributions from the floor on the topic of “organising informal workers”, including snapshots of successful organising campaigns from Pakistan, India, Uganda, Nepal and the UK.
A discussion of national and international union campaigns targetted at transnational companies, with examples drawn from campaigns targetted at Carlsberg, Unilever and Pearson Education.
A series of presentations discussing the role of trade unions in the fight against climate change.
John Hilary (War on Want, UK)
John Hilary from the UK organisation War on Want confronts the tricky relationships between trade unions in their approaches to the international free trade agenda.
Joanna Brenner (Portland State University, USA) & Derek Keenan (Strathclyde University, UK)
A brief historical overview and discussion of some of the key terms used by the labour movement: socialism, feminism and syndicalism.
Dan Gallin (GLI Geneva, Switzerland); Stuart Howard (International Transportworkers Federation (ITF)); Angelo Gavrielatos (Education International) & Josua Mata (International Union of Foodworkers (IUF)/SENTRO, Philippines)
A far-reaching discussion about the future of the international trade union movement.
Discussion led by the Summer School Commission
A discussion exploring key themes: political purpose, democracy and organisation, leading to the amendment and subsequent adoption of the 2016 Living Manifesto.