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International Summer School 2014: online archive now available!

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#ISS14: one of the most inspiring events in the international trade union calendar! This year’s hugely successful GLI International Summer School took place from Monday 7th – Friday 11th July. The School saw over 80 labour movement delegates from 28 countries descend upon Northern College in Barnsley, UK for an inspiring week of debate, discussion […]

#ISS14: The radical is now the practical

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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

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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

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[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 […]

#ISS14: Stay Together for the Kids or Divorce? Unions and Social Democratic Parties

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This article draws on the plenary Union-Party Relationships: Stay together for the sake of the children or get a divorce? There’s a few ways to think about unions and their relationship with parties. Warring lovers? Separated? Have parties already left their former union bedfellows? Here in the UK, the relationship is certainly on the rocks. […]