GLI offers a wide range of courses and education programmes to the trade union movement, including one-day, weekend, five-day residential courses and work-shops, and summer schools, suitable for trade union professionals and lay activists. These include both GLI Courses and bespoke education programmes commissioned from GLI by unions.


GLI offers national unions and international federations bespoke education programmes, ranging from one-day workshops to residential schools. Depending on the needs of the commissioning union, GLI can provide preparatory research, course materials, programme design, speakers and facilitators, delivery and evaluation. All commissioned programmes are available to unions on a negotiated fee basis.

We specialise in two areas:


As we face the ever-increasing need to be organising and cooperating internationally, we also need to develop our understanding of the key policy issues and challenges facing the international movement. International trade union organisations are changing, New strategies, structures and policies are needed to build a movement capable of achieving social, environmental and economic justice.

GLI offers bespoke programmes aimed at union representatives concerned to learn about the current debates and issues facing the international movement, including for example: Understanding Globalisation and ‘New’ Capitalism; Labour, Climate Change & Energy Policy (in conjunction with GLI New York); The Changing Nature of Work – Fighting Precarious & Informal Employment; “Institutional Class Struggle” – the history, politics and functions of the ILO; The International Politics of Organising; Global Perspectives for Trade Union Renewal.

Many of these issues are also explored in more depth at the annual GLI International Summer School.


Effective organising demands an understanding of the global operations of employers, the landscape of the international trade union movement, and practical skills and techniques in cross-border organisation.

GLI offers advanced residential courses for organisers and activists in transnational corporations, or in globally-integrated industries. The design of each course is tailored to meet the specific needs of the target sector, sub-sector or individual company, working closely with the appropriate national officer and senior lay representatives, but is generally built around four key themes:

-          Global Economy – Local Impact

Seeing the big picture of global trends and issues that affect the industry, the workplace and workers, such as the banker’s crises, the ‘financialisation’ of corporations, the growth of precarious labour and global shifts of economic power.

-          Inside the Corporate Mind

Understanding corporate strategy, strengths and vulnerabilities. Identifying international leverage for organising campaigns.

-          Learn from our global movement

Learning from the experience and organising strategies of workers and unions in other countries working for the same corporation or industrial sector.

-          Build the Links – Create the Networks

Working with Global Union Federations. Taking practical steps in building and strengthening international shop steward organisation in the global workplace.




We are committed to a method and style of trade union education that is participatory and inclusive. We aim to ensure that all GLI education events provide an open space for debate and discussion.


GLI courses are geared towards the development of concrete and specific plans of action by participants at the completion of the programme. This may include the establishment of permanent links with national or local unions in other countries, practical proposals for international networks of workplace union representatives within companies and sectors, or building working relationships and cooperation with Global Union Federations.


Each course is carefully prepared with research materials on the companies and sectors involved.


GLI has a very large network of contacts among national unions around the world, international union federations, labour movement NGOs, worker’s education organisations, and specialist academics working with the labour movement. As far as possible, GLI courses always attempt to enable participants to experience direct engagement and discussion with unions in other countries and/or Global Union Federations.


GLI staff have many years’ experience in education provision on globalisation and international trade union organisation, in the UK with Unite, GMB, Unison, RMT, GFTU and others, and internationally with the ILO, most Global Union Federations, and numerous national unions throughout the world.