GLI offers trade unions and support organisations specialist expertise and experience in research and publications, working closely with national and international research networks of supportive academics, and trade union research institutions. In particular,


Organising Precarious and Informal Workers

Understanding and analysing informal and precarious employment, workers’ livelihoods, and the development of informal workers’ organisations. Recent examples include research and publications on home-based workers, construction workers, and informal transport workers.

Transnational Corporate Strategy

Sector and company profiles, specialising in the analysis of international trends and strategies in support of international collective bargaining, organising and leverage campaigns. Each ‘Organising in the Global Workplace’ course delivered by GLI is carefully prepared with research on the companies and sectors involved.

International Trade Union Strategy & Policy

Policy debates, strategies and histories of the international movement. The GLI International Summer Schools, along with GLI presentations and discussions at seminars and summer schools of national unions and international federations, are guided by continuous research on the political and industrial strategies of international trade unionism.


Working closely with the Fairness at Work Research Centre (FairWRC) and the European Work & Employment Research Centre (EWERC) at Manchester Business School, and the Critical Labour Studies network, GLI organises an occasional series of seminars for trade unions and academic researchers on key questions facing the international trade union movement. These seminars enable closer and more rigorous examination of some of the major topics addressed in the summer school, and help build closer links between the trade union and academic research communities.

The Global Labour Institute is grateful to the Andrew Wainwright Reform Trust for supporting these seminars.