GLI has many years’ combined experience in the design, management and delivery of trade union development projects – in the UK, in Central & Eastern Europe, Asia and Africa, along with regional and global multi-country projects. Many of these have been externally funded, by the ILO, EU, trade union and government agencies in the UK, Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, USA, and by a wide range of trade union supportive foundations and trusts.

GLI specialises in projects for union capacity-building, organising strategy and organiser training, trade union tutor and education management training, curriculum and materials development, and political education.



GLI Manchester coordinated the Informal Transport Workers Project of the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF), launched in October 2013, co-financed by the ITF, FNV (Netherlands) and the ILO.

The project was led by ITF ‘mentor unions’ in Niger, Uganda, Nepal, Philippines and Colombia, and provides seminars, workshops and training programmes for ITF affiliates in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

-          Visibility of women workers in informal transport: mapping and raising the visibility of women workers in the informal transport economy, and increasing their participation in unions.

-          Leadership education and dialogue: raising awareness and mutual understanding between leaders and members of trade unions and transport workers in the informal economy.

-          Organising skills, training and technical support: providing training for activists in organising by and for informal transport workers, and technical advice in the design of union constitutions, procedures and structures for active participation by informal workers.

GLI currently supports the ITF’s Our Public Transport campaign, concentrating on work with ITF affiliated unions in Africa representing informal workers, and assessing the impact of “Bus Rapid Transit” in African cities. A preliminary report can be found here. The full report is to be published in Jan 2019.


News and updates can be found at the Informal Workers Blog.