GLU Conference: GLI Manchester Panel on ‘Learning from the History of the International Trade Union Movement’

‘Learning from the History of the International Trade Union Movement’ – Panel organised by the Global Labour Institute Manchester as part of the 15th Global Labour University Annual ConferenceMarch 31st, 14:30-16:15 CEST.

This panel is a chance to find out about the history project that GLI Manchester is working on, with financial support from the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung

As part of the project, GLI Manchester is producing an illustrated trade union history book. The text is an introduction to the history of the international labour movement, the structures that make it up, and key ideas, debates, and incidents which have shaped it. This text will be available on the GLI website from the summer of 2022. 

The panel will begin with a presentation from the text’s author, Daniel Edmonds, outlining some of the key principles that can be drawn from the movement’s history, and the perspectives which have informed the writing of it. 

This will be followed by a roundtable discussion featuring four activists from the international labour movement, talking about the value of labour history to their different organisations, sectors, and regions. The rountable participants are:

  • Baba Aye (Public Services International) 
  • Karin Pape (Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing / International Domestic Workers Federation)
  • Josua Mata (SENTRO, Philippines)
  • Daniela Biocca (International Transport Workers Federation)

This event is a break-out session within Global Labour University’s fifteenth annual conference, ‘Building a Post-Pandemic World of Work with Social Justice’, which will take place from March 30th– April 1st, and April 4th-5th

The conference is free to attend and will take place online, with sessions hosted on Zoom. Attendance is free for everyone, and you can register here.

Viewers of the panel will be able to contribute questions and comments to all panellists.


GLI Manchester is a not-for-profit company, working closely with a range of global union federations, national trade unions, research institutions and workers’ education organisations. It conducts education, capacity-building and research on international labour movement development and organising strategies. It specialises in political education, organisation and trade union policy with informal economy workers, and the design and management of international workers’ education programmes.

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