Global Labour University

Edward Webster Passes Away

We are deeply saddened by the news of Professor Edward Webster passing away. Prof. Webster has left an immense legacy, influencing and inspiring generations of scholars, activists and workers around the globe. 

He was a dear friend and an invaluable ally of GLU and the International Centre for Development and Decent Work (ICDD) since their inception. Namely, he was the first Ela Bhatt Visiting Professor of ICDD at Kassel University in Germany from 2009 to 2010. Webster was also the founder and Chair of the Global Labour University at Wits and founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Global Labour Journal.

We extend our sincere condolences to Professor Webster’s family and friends during this difficult time. May he rest in peace. 

Wits University has organised a memorial on March 16, 2024, at the Great Hall of the University (Braamfontein Campus East). The memorial was held from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm, and was livestreamed for those looking to join online. 

 As part of commemorations, our partners at Wits also compiled a book of tributes for Prof Eddie’s family.

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