Wage Strategies in a Global Economy: free online course


The Global Labour University – a partnership between the ILO, prominent universities in five countries, national and global trade unions and foundations  – is offering a free online course designed to develop the bargain strategies of trade union activists.

Billons of workers around the world have no regular income or do not earn a wage sufficient to live a decent life. Wages for many workers have been stagnant and most economic gains have gone to the top of the income pyramid.

Why do income inequalities continue to increase in so many countries? What role can collective bargaining and minimum wages play in reducing social and economic inequalities? What constitutes a fair wage?

The Global Labour University is offering an eight-week online course to explore these questions and develop better bargaining strategies. Endorsed and supported by IndustriALL, the course is free of charge and open to anyone.

The course starts on 24 October 2017.

You can sign up for free here.

For those who want recognition for their work, there is a certificate track to study towards a certificate awarded by the Berlin School of Economics and Law and the Global Labour University for € 49. There are a number of priority scholarships available for members of IndustriALL affiliates. If you would like to study towards a certificate and benefit from a scholarship, please apply for a scholarship by emailing [email protected].

This is a tutored online course led by a group of international experts from universities and trade unions. You will be participating in lectures, readings and discussions with thousands of other participants from around the world.

A Facebook Live question and answer session, featuring experts from the ILO and the course team, will be held on the Global Labour University Facebook page on 24 October 2017 at 1pm UTC.

Jenny Holdcroft, IndustriALL assistant general secretary, said:

“The Global Labour University courses are an excellent opportunity for trade union activists to improve their skills, and to share their experiences with people from around the world.

“If you are involved in union wage bargaining, or just want to understand the issues better, I highly recommend this course, and suggest you register as soon as possible.”

This course is currently only available in English. The Global Labour University Online Academy also offers a number of other free online courses in several languages. Participants from IndustriALL who have completed previous courses have found them extremely useful.