Global Labour University

Who are We?

 At the Global Labour University (GLU) trade unionists study, research and debate together in a global environment. It is a unique opportunity to think about ways towards greater solidarity, freedom and social justice in a deeply unfair and divided world. 

The GLU is rooted in the partnership of trade unions, universities, the ILO and labour support organisations across the world. By building a network between workers' organisations and the scientific community, it contributes to the analytical and strategic capacities of labour in debating and acting for social justice.

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Our Testimonials

Chris Schwartz

It was a great moment to connect with people, and to better understand labour and social justice issues on a global level...The program supports me in my current work because it helps me think about this larger global aspect of the very local work...

Chris Schwartz,
Alumni from Canada
Maria Helena André

Social justice requires innovative ideas and joint action by the labour movement and other activists. The GLU brings together the world of academia and activism to support social change for inclusive societies.

Maria Helena André,
Director, ILO-ACTRAV
Stefanie Wahl

The GLU for me is making good friends all over the world, sharing trade union and labour movement experiences, and being solidary...It changed my total perspective of what I am doing and gave me a new perspective of how globalization impacts labour...

Stefanie Wahl,
Alumni from Germany
Moreblessing Nyambara

The GLU programs I enrolled in gave me a unique perspective and understanding of Labour rights and policies. This perspective is a gift! I have embraced that the networks I have developed are making a difference every day in someone's life...

Moreblessing Nyambara,
Alumni from Zimbabwe


GLU research Projects

The GLU research spans areas such as trade unions, sustainable development, social justice, international labour standards, multinational companies, economic policies and global institutions.

We strive to promote research cooperation on global labour issues and provide an innovative framework for research and policy development.

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