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!
For more info, contact Dave Spooner.
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.
There is a record of the sessions at the usilive.org/iss14 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.
- #ISS14: The International Trade Union Movement
- #ISS14: Capitalism, Anti-Capitalism and the Trade Union Movement
- #ISS14: The Fall and Rise of Labour?
- #ISS14: The Long March of Chinese Labour
- #ISS14: Politics, Organisation and Education
- #ISS14: Organising Informal and Precarious Workers
- #ISS14: The Slow Death of the Socialist International
- #ISS14: Union-Party Relationships: Stay together for the sake of the children or get a divorce?
- #ISS14: Unions, Climate Change and the Great Inaction
- #ISS14: The political vision and strategy of the international trade union movement
- #ISS14: Are we socialists, and what do we mean by “socialism”?
- #ISS14: Question Time: live discussion with Sharan Burrow, ITUC
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:
- The Slow Death of the Socialist International – by Dan Gallin
- How do we revive the global union movement? – by Josiah Mortimer
- The radical is now the practical – by Alex Wood
- We must question everything in order to organise precarious workers – by Alex Wood
- ‘Democratic, libertarian, revolutionary’ – socialist unionism under neoliberalism – by Josiah Mortimer
- Stay Together for the Kids or Divorce? Unions and Social Democratic Parties – by Josiah Mortimer
- Chinese workers are not passive victims of repression – by Alex Wood
- The Long March of Chinese Labour – by Zhang Lingji
- Post-Marikana militancy from South African rank and file – by Terry Bell
- Public services under attack – international austerity and the fight-back – by Josiah Mortimer
- How workers can win – by Josiah Mortimer
- The secret war on workers in Asia – by Josiah Mortimer
- Capitalism, anti-capitalism and the trade union movement – reviving labour amid crisis – by Josiah Mortimer
- Dave Spooner at #ISS14: ‘A Starter Kit for International Trade Unionists’ – by Josiah Mortimer
- International Summer School 2014 Begins – Welcome! – by Dave Spooner
All presentations from the session are available for you to view online or download here.
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!
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.
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