Global Labour University

A Pivotal Moment for the Network

In 2024, we are celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Global Labour University. This pivotal moment for the whole network will be commemorated with a series of events, such as the GLU reception at the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in Geneva (March 27), and the GLU Symposium at the ILPC conference in Göttingen (April 3-5). 

In Geneva, students of the “Labour Policies and Globalisation” MA programme have attended a 2-day workshop with ACTRAV at the ILO headquarters.
They learned about the ILO supervisory mechanism, trade unions in transformation, labour rights in the platform economy, migrant workers’ rights to freedom of association and collective bargaining and much more.

The 42 ILPC Conference session has highlighted the importance of the moment the GLU network is in. It offered a glimpse into current labour struggles, GLU´s role in it, as well as what the future may look like.  You can find the live stream link here

The central event will be held in Germany, on April 30th, at Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) premises in Berlin. Germany is where the GLU started in 2004, and where 20 generations of LPG students have earned their degrees. The discussion will revolve around the topics where the GLU network has made a significant contribution, especially by reinforcing the voices from the Global South. We will also examine the GLU’s contribution to the labour movement over the years. 

The main event will be accompanied by the Online Academy´s multiple-day workshop for the Global Team of Trainers and Tutors (GTTTs),  from April 29 to May 2, focused on the capacity building. The Academy is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, further elevating the importance of 2024 for GLU. Finally, many members of the GLU network will attend the May 1st demonstration activities as a group. 

The annual GLU Conference is planned for later in the year – September 25-27, 2024. It is set to be hosted at the partner institution, the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in New Delhi, India. This occasion will be a great opportunity to celebrate GLU internationally and deepen the discussion on topics at the core of what GLU foes and stands for. As part of the Conference, GLU has also issued a call for papers “Globalisation and Transition to an Egalitarian World: Resistance and Alternatives”.

Stay tuned for more information to come soon. 

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