Monday, 30 March 2015

Workers Rights in a Global Economy


Ruskin College is an associate member of the Global Labour University (GLU) which is a network of universities, trade unions and the International Labour Organisation (ILO) delivering an MA programme similar to that run at Ruskin:

It is a real privilege to belong to the GLU community and I am pleased to be able to advertise the first (and free) online course to come out of the GLU initiative: workers' rights in a global economy.

The term MOOC stands for massive open online course, and so this GLU MOOC is a real opportunity for trade unionists globally to get to grips with the issues of securing workers' rights globally.

The course summary is:

Rights and dignity at the workplace are fundamental human rights. However, workers’ rights continue to be violated every day - millions of people worldwide are facing exploitative working hours, poverty wages, humiliation and mistreatment at work. There are estimates that today’s world has a higher number of slaves than any other time in history.

This MOOC discusses what Global Workers’ Rights are and which instruments and strategies can be used to implement them. Based on a careful mix of video lectures, readings, online resources and interviews with activists and labour scholars from around the world, you will gain both knowledge and practical skills for furthering workers’ rights worldwide.

At the end of the course you will understand the history and concept of global workers’ rights and the institutional structure of the International Labour Organization (ILO) as the key player in setting International Labour Standards. You will be able to join the economic debate about labour standards and competitiveness, and understand the concepts behind the fundamental rights of Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining.

You will understand the different approaches for realizing decent work in the informal economy and gain an overview of instruments and initiatives beyond the ILO. The course also allows you to apply this knowledge to a practical case from your country and gain skills and competencies for using the existing instruments and mechanisms for protecting workers’ rights.

This is a fantastic opportunity for trade unionists to get to grips with one of the most profound challenges we face.

You can sign up for the course here:

And there is an introductory YouTube video here:  

In Solidarity


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