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  • International Summer School 2014

    This year’s International Summer School will be held from Monday 7th – Friday 11th July at Northern College in Barnsley, UK. Here is a guide to all the sessions that will be streamed live. Monday 7 July 11:00 – 12:30:    #ISS14: The International Trade Union Movement Session 1: The Big Picture 2:30 – 3:30: […]

  • International Summer School 2013

    Thanks to USi, videos of the plenary sessions from last year’s Summer School are available to watch on YouTube under the tag #ISS13. You can also watch them on our website here.

  • Residential Courses for Organisers and Activists in Transnational Corporations

    The Global Labour Institute and Unite, working in partnership with the relevant Global Union Federations, offer advanced residential courses for organisers and activists in transnational corporations, or the employers in globally-integrated industries. Check ‘Courses’ on the top menu.

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#ISS14: The radical is now the practical


This was the message which emerged from plenary ‘What should the political vision and strategy of the international trade union movement be?‘ at the GLI International Summer School The irony of globalisation, argued Sam Gindin of York University, is that the nation-state is now more important than ever. Without coordination by nation-sates at the international […]

#ISS14: We must question everything in order to organise precarious workers


This article draws on the plenary ‘Organising Informal & Precarious Workers’ at the GLI International Summer School. The late 20th and early 21st centuries have seen a decline of labour movements in the global north which few would have predicted. Not only has trade union membership in many countries declined but so too has collective […]

#ISS14: ‘Democratic, libertarian, revolutionary’ – socialist unionism under neoliberalism


[This article draws on the plenary “Are we socialists, and what do we mean by “socialism”?] Blair. Alex Tsipras. Pol Pot. Gramsci. Stalin. What do they have in common? Answer: they’ve all called themselves socialist at some point. Socialism is clearly a slippery thing to define, then. Khaled Mahmood, Labour Education Foundation (Pakistan), says it […]