The Global Labour Institute International Summer School


MIL OSI – Source: Unite Union –

Headline: The Global Labour Institute International Summer School

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Dear friends

I am writing to tell you about the Global Labour Institute International Summer School. It’s an annual event held in Barnsley, England, that brings together trade union activists from across the world to talk about the most pressing issues facing our movement.

This year, we had speakers from the US fast food campaign, the director of a film about the Marikana massacre, leaders of Bangladeshi garment workers’ unions, Chinese labour activists, Swiss unionists using that country’s system of referenda tactically to fight for change, and much, much more.

It’s one of the most inspiring and crucial events in the international trade union calendar.

If your union isn’t involved, you should be. Send delegates next year!

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USi live streamed and recorded the event this summer. The content is below, and it gives a flavour of what a unique event this was.

Please share it widely!


The plenary sessions were filmed and live streamed, and they are all available at this playlist. We have more unedited footage too, and we hope to add that soon.

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There is a record of the sessions at the page. The same content is also available on the Global Labour Institute website. There is a page for each session that was live streamed. The page includes a video of the event, the slides, a reading list, some images of the speakers, and where possible a transcript or some text of the talk. If you participated in one of these sessions and feel that information is missing, please get in touch and we will add it.

Blogs and articles

In addition to the recorded sessions, some of the speakers submitted articles covering their talks. Many of the plenary sessions were also summarised by the rapporteurs. You can find them here:


All presentations from the session are available for you to view online or download here.

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The are some pictures from the event on the USi Instagram account. There are also pictures at this Google Drive folder.

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Because we are trying to reach a wider audience, we have had some of the articles translated into Chinese. If you would like to submit a translation into another language, that would be very welcome! Screen shot 2014-07-28 at 16.05.28

Have we missed something? Let us know.

And finally – please share this with your friends and comrades, so that the lessons of this great event spread far and wide and revitalise our movement. Forward this email, or share it online.

Keep in touch!

In solidarity


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