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THEMES


THEME: Participatory Learning Methods and Popular Education

TITLE: Global Labour University Programme South Africa: University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg

LANGUAGE: English

WHAT’S INSIDE: A brochure from the the GLU site at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg outlining post-graduate programmes with commentary by alumni and associates.

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THEME: Precarious and Informal Work

TITLE: Building Democratic Worker Organisation and Representation in the Informal Economy: A manual in two parts

LANGUAGE: English

WHAT’S INSIDE: A manual targeted towards those in the informal economy as an organising tool for the development of trade union and workers’ rights for those workers for whom they are most often denied.

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THEME: Collective Bargaining and Workers’ Rights in the Workplace

TITLE: 2019 ITUC Global Rights Index: The World’s Worst Countries for Workers

LANGUAGE: English

WHAT’S INSIDE: This is the sixth edition of the ITUC Global Rights Index. It documents violations of internationally recognised labour rights by governments and employers.

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THEME: Mobilising for socio, economic and political campaigns

TITLE: World Employment and Social Outlook: Trends 2019

LANGUAGE: English

WHAT’S INSIDE: This report provides an overview of global and regional trends in employment, unemployment, labour force participation and productivity.

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THEME: Mobilising for socio, economic and political campaigns

TITLE: Building Bridges not Walls: The Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report on migration, displacement and education

LANGUAGE: English

WHAT’S INSIDE: A publication by UNESCO which calls on countries to see education as a tool to manage migration and displacement and an opportunity for those needing one.

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THEME: Building Democratic Trade Unions

TITLE: Trade Unions in the Balance

LANGUAGE: English

WHAT’S INSIDE: A working paper by the ILO which looks at the challenges facing trade unions, and suggests four future scenarios.

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THEME: Collective Bargaining and Worker’s Rights in the Workplace

TITLE: 2019 Bargaining Indicators

LANGUAGE: English

WHAT’S INSIDE: A publication by the LRS which features chapters on wages and the living wage, the future of work and technological challenges, and gender and work.

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THEME: Women’s Leadership and Development

TITLE: How to deal with the pain of others: Tips for educators, facilitators and researchers

LANGUAGE: English

WHAT’S INSIDE: An article which acknowledges the vicarious trauma which can be experienced by those working with trauma survivors, including victims of sexual harassment and gender based violence

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THEME: Building Democratic Trade Unions

TITLE: Félagsmálaskóli alþýðu – The Shopsteward’s Handbook

LANGUAGE: Icelandic

WHAT’S INSIDE: A guide to the role of shopstewards, including the social and civil rights of employees

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THEME: Gender Equality

TITLE: A quantum leap for gender equality: For a better future of work for all

LANGUAGE: English

WHAT’S INSIDE: A report arising from the ground-breaking work done by the ILO’s Women at Work Centenary Initiative, which highlights key gender gaps and obstacles to decent work for women.

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THEME: Precarious and Informal Work

TITLE: Future of Work for Tea Smallholders in Sri Lanka

LANGUAGE: English

WHAT’S INSIDE: This study highlights the tea smallholders sector, identifies decent work deficits, and indicates the future of work in the tea industry.

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THEME: Women’s Leadership and Development

TITLE: Women’s ILO: Transnational networks, global labour standards and gender equity, 1919 to Present

LANGUAGE: English

WHAT’S INSIDE: What is the place of women in global labour policies? This book gathers new research on a century of ILO engagement with women’s work.

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THEME: Precarious and Informal Work

TITLE: Leaving No One Behind: Towards Sustainable Development of the Hill Country Tamil Community in Sri Lanka

LANGUAGE: English

WHAT’S INSIDE:  A document outlining a vision for transformative social change of the Tamil Plantation Community across a range of Sustainable Development Goals in relation to issues of poverty, health and nutrition.

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THEME: Mobilising for socio, economic and political campaigns

TITLE: Future of Work in Sri Lanka: Shaping technology transitions for a brighter future

LANGUAGE: English

WHAT’S INSIDE: A study which asks what impact will emerging technologies have on the future world of work in Sri Lanka? Who will be the winners and losers and what can governments, industry, and citizens do to prepare for the changes that lie ahead?

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THEME: Women’s Leadership and Development

TITLE: Women in Labour History

LANGUAGE: English

WHAT’S INSIDE: From championing better workplace conditions to cutting back the 12-hour day to demanding equal pay across racial lines, this web guide features a few of the women who have contributed to the labour movement in America.

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THEME: Women’s Leadership and Development

TITLE: Letting our Power Glow

LANGUAGE: English

WHAT’S INSIDE: Nisaa focuses on the prevention of gender violence and the empowerment of women who have been abused at the hands of their partners. This resource book is aimed at empowering shelter residents.

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THEME: Collective Bargaining and Workers’ Rights in the Workplace

TITLE: Fortaleciendo la capacidad de las Organizaciones Sindicales

LANGUAGE: Spanish

WHAT’S INSIDE: A guide to the rights of workers, both individual and collective, and to strengthening the capacity of trade unions

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THEME: Collective Bargaining and Workers’ Rights in the Workplace

TITLE: Financial Reporting: 15 Key Terms to Get You Started

LANGUAGE: English

WHAT’S INSIDE: A guide to the tools for understanding the basics of financial reporting, which unions and shop stewards will come across specifically when bargaining for employee wages.

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THEME: Precarious and Informal Work

TITLE: Organizing Informal Workers into Trade Unions. A trade union guide

LANGUAGE: English

WHAT’S INSIDE: A guide which offers practical guidance on how to address six institutional challenges in organising the informal economy into trade unions.

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THEME: Gender Equality

TITLE: The Transformation of Work: Challenges and Strategies | Putting Union Gender Equality Policy into Practice in South Africa: The Role of Transformative Leadership

LANGUAGE: English

WHAT’S INSIDE: A report which explores the disconnect between labour union policy and practice as it relates to gender inequalities in trade unions, workplaces and the broader community.

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THEME: Building Democratic Trade Unions

TITLE: A History of Trade Unionism in South Africa

LANGUAGE: English

WHAT’S INSIDE: This booklet reflects on the resistance workers posed to racial capitalism in South Africa, and how this spear of the liberation movement proved decisive in the struggle against apartheid.

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THEME: Women’s Leadership and Development

TITLE: Sacudir la indiferencia: Nuestras realidades como trabajadoras del servicio domestic

LANGUAGE: Spanish

WHAT’S INSIDE: This booklet looks at the realities and challenges that face domestic workers in Colombia, and what can be done to improve the situation.

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THEME: Participatory Learning Methods and Popular Education

TITLE: Svenska(r) från dag ett: En studie av ABF’s arbete med asylsokande

LANGUAGE: Swedish

WHAT’S INSIDE: This study looks at ABF’s work with asylum seekers in Sweden, specifically through the initiative “Swedish from Day One”.

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THEME: Participatory Learning Methods and Popular Education

TITLE: Folkbildning av och för migranter

LANGUAGE: Swedish

WHAT’S INSIDE: This research report focuses on adult education for migrants in Sweden.

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THEME: Gender Equality

TITLE: Gender Based Violence: A comic book

LANGUAGE: English

WHAT’S INSIDE: This is a comic book which uses the comic book format to explain what Gender Based Violence (GBV) is, and how it impacts individuals and societies.

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THEME: Precarious and Informal Work

TITLE: Between a Rock and a Hard Place

LANGUAGE: English

WHAT’S INSIDE: A report and short documentary film documenting the illegal activities of employment agencies in the Philippines and Hong Kong, and the failure to protect the rights of Filipino migrant domestic workers.

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THEME: Organising and Educating Young Workers

TITLE: ITF Youth Pack: Helping Unions to Help Organise Young Workers

LANGUAGE: English

WHAT’S INSIDE: A guide on how to organise and promote young worker activism. It is aimed at unionists who are seeking to strengthen their union by carrying out work with young people.

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THEME: Recruitment Campaigns

TITLE: Trusted to Make a Difference: Governing a non-governmental organisation

LANGUAGE: English

WHAT’S INSIDE: This workbook supports the effort to build trust in non-governmental organisations, both internally and externally, in order to be more effective

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THEME: Participatory Learning Methods and Popular Education

TITLE: En kort introduction till cirkelledaren

LANGUAGE: Swedish

WHAT’S INSIDE: A short guide for study circle leaders which contains both handy tips and ways of thinking about leadership and inclusion

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THEME: Occupational Health and Safety

TITLE: Workshop on Occupational Safety and Health for Women Workers’ Educators

LANGUAGE: English

WHAT’S INSIDE: A comprehensive report on a workshop held in Thailand to document and discuss issues of health and safety for women workers

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THEME: Recruitment Campaigns

TITLE: Barefoot Guide to Working with Organisations and Social Change

LANGUAGE: English / Bahasa / French / Portuguese / Chinese / Spanish / Kiswahili / Arabic

WHAT’S INSIDE: A practical, do-it-yourself guide for leaders and facilitators wanting to help organisations to function and to develop in more healthy, human and effective ways.  

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THEME: Organising and Educating Young Workers

TITLE: Labor Writes 2015: We are the City

LANGUAGE: English

WHAT’S INSIDE: A collection of essays, poetry and artwork by a diverse range of students in the Harry Van Arsdale Jr. Center for Labor Studies at SUNY Empire State College in New York

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THEME: Participatory Learning Methods and Popular Education

TITLE: Strategies for Embedding Community Engaged Learning within Universities and Communities

LANGUAGE: English

WHAT’S INSIDE: An action worksheet designed to facilitate community engaged learning at universities and in communities

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THEME: Occupational Health and Safety

TITLE: Cultura & Trabajo: Salud Y Trabajo

LANGUAGE: Spanish

WHAT’S INSIDE: An interdisciplinary and global reflection that raises questions of health and labor in Colombia and Latin America

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THEME: Building Democratic Trade Unions

TITLE: There is an alternative: The public sector

LANGUAGE: English

WHAT’S INSIDE: A booklet that focuses on the public sector and municipal workers, using international examples to help South African workers in this area  

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THEME: Building Democratic Trade Unions

TITLE: Restructuring the SA dairy industry: What impact?

LANGUAGE: English

WHAT’S INSIDE: A booklet which takes a look at the changes that have taken place in the dairy sector in South Africa, and what this means for workers, consumers and trade union

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THEME: Building Democratic Trade Unions

TITLE: Cuarderno de Trabajo /Work journals

LANGUAGE: Spanish

WHAT’S INSIDE: Work guides published by the Instituto de Altos Estudios Sindicales

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THEME: Precarious and Informal Work

TITLE: The Power of Informal Transport Workers

LANGUAGE: English

WHAT’S INSIDE: A booklet which looks at the informal transport industry and the challenges facing workers, trade unions and organisational models

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THEME: Gender Equality

TITLE: Bullying and Harassment Training

LANGUAGE: English

WHAT’S INSIDE: A handbook for dealing with bullying and harassment in the workplace, including male-dominated work spaces

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THEME: Collective Bargaining and Workers’ Rights in the Workplace

TITLE: Collective Bargaining Strategy and Tactics

LANGUAGE: English

WHAT’S INSIDE: A basic presentation that explains what collective bargaining is, and how to prepare for collective bargaining

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THEME: Collective Bargaining and Worker’s Rights in the Workplace

TITLE: Bargaining Indicator 2017

LANGUAGE: English

WHAT’S INSIDE: A publication by the LRS which includes an analysis of directors’ fees, a wage bargaining review and studies of gender based violence in the workplace, in South Africa

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THEME: Mobilising for socio, economic and political campaigns

TITLE: Estrategias y Herramientas de Comunicacion / Communication Strategies and Tools

LANGUAGE: Spanish

WHAT’S INSIDE: A course which aims to develop effective communication skills using basic tools and information technology

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THEME: Women’s Leadership and Development

TITLE: Financial Education for SEWA Bank Members LANGUAGE: English

WHAT’S INSIDE: A booklet for SEWA members to engage in a number of learning activities to discover how to financially plan

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THEME: Mobilising for socio, economic and political campaigns

TITLE: Story of a Journey Across Europe: From First Reception to Integration of Immigrants

LANGUAGE: English

WHAT’S INSIDE: An assessment of the different steps, difficulties and challenges that economic and humanitarian migrants must overcome during their journey across Europe

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THEME: Precarious and Informal Work

TITLE: Summary report: Case studies of collective bargaining and representative forums for street traders

LANGUAGE: English

WHAT’S INSIDE: A case study to gain an understanding of participatory statutory representational systems at local government level, to develop a bargaining forum model for street vendors and other informal traders

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THEME: Participatory Learning Methods and Popular Education

TITLE: A Working People’s History

LANGUAGE: English

WHAT’S INSIDE: A workshop plan which focuses on the labour history of the United States of America, and the role that leaders and activists have played in shaping historical events

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THEME: Precarious and Informal Work

TITLE: Rotten Fruit: Tesco Profits as Women Workers Pay a High Price

LANGUAGE: English

WHAT’S INSIDE: A behind-the-scenes look at the conditions of marginalised women workers who labour on fruit farms in the Western Cape accredited to supply UK retail giant Tesco

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THEME: Mobilising for socio, economic and political campaigns

TITLE: Let’s Get Organised! A Handbook for Trade Union and Community Activists

LANGUAGE: English

WHAT’S INSIDE: A practical handbook on building and sustaining worker unions and community organisations

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THEME: Using Media to Organise

TITLE:  UNESCO Global Media and Literacy (MIL) Week: Media and Information Literacy (MIL) workshop in Cape Town, SA

LANGUAGE: English

WHAT’S INSIDE: Media and Information Literacy tools which promote an understanding of media content and the production and use of media, with everyday applications

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THEME: Building Democratic Trade Unions

TITLE: Organising Manual

LANGUAGE: English / French / German / Spanish / Portuguese / Turkish

WHAT’S INSIDE: The ITF organising manual is for trade union educators and activists who want to develop and strengthen their organising skills

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THEME: Building Democratic Trade Unions

TITLE: International Labor and Working-Class History (ILWCH): Workers’ Education and the Global Labor Movement LANGUAGE: English

WHAT’S INSIDE? Articles from Europe, Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Latin America exploring the importance of workers’ education

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THEME: Mobilising for socio, economic and political campaigns

TITLE: Social Protection in the Grassroots Perspective: A Training Manual

LANGUAGE: English

WHAT’S INSIDE: An educational tool that grassroots organisers can use to build up workers’ awareness of social protection in the current economic context

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THEME: Precarious and Informal Work

TITLE: Social Solidarity Economy: Basic training module for organisations

LANGUAGE: English

WHAT’S INSIDE? A guide for worker educators to use in training on the social solidarity economy, for street vendors, informal market vendors and hawkers

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THEME:  Precarious and Informal Work

TITLE: Our Rights

LANGUAGE: Indonesian

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THEME: Building Democratic Trade Unions

TITLE: Manual Derechos Laborales

LANGUAGE: Spanish

WHAT’S INSIDE? A booklet to help workers understand and analyse their working conditions and identify important aspects of Colombian labour law

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THEME:  Participatory Learning Methods and Popular Education

TITLE: Empowering Adults Through Education / WEA Adult Education Impact Report

LANGUAGE: English

WHAT’S INSIDE? A report on the impact of WEA courses on students, based on research from more than 4,000 WEA participants

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THEME:  Participatory Learning Methods and Popular Education

TITLE: Kulttuuritulkkiopas

LANGUAGE: Finnish

WHAT’S INSIDE? A cultural guide to integration in Finland, developed by the Workers’ Education Union

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THEME: Mobilising for socio, economic and political campaigns

TITLE: Hearing the Unheard: A Process of Learning, Challenging and Moving Forward

LANGUAGE: English

WHAT’S INSIDE? A collection of life stories by women involved in Labour Education Foundation (LEF) projects, and how their lives have benefited

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THEME: Building Democratic Trade Unions

TITLE: Basic Shopsteward’s Training Manual

LANGUAGE: English

WHAT’S INSIDE? A practical guide to aid shop stewards, including issues such as dealing with workers’ problems, disciplinary rules and collective bargaining

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THEME: Collective Bargaining and Workers’ Rights in the Workplace

TITLE: Labour Research Service (LRS): Inflation Monitor

LANGUAGE: English

WHAT’S INSIDE:  A monthly publication containing the latest inflation statistics from Statistics South Africa, noting the level of prices of goods and services

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THEME: Organising and Educating Young Workers

TITLE: An inclusive Europe – Co-creating young peoples’ vision for the future of Europe – facilitation guide

LANGUAGE: English

WHAT’S INSIDE:  A series of workshop facilitation guides which provide a step-by-step methodology to develop radical policy ideas for the future of Europe

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THEME: Building Democratic Trade Unions

TITLE: Worker Education: A Guide for Trade Unions

LANGUAGE: English

WHAT’S INSIDE:  A guide for trade union educators and other trade unionists involved in education activities, looking at key challenges in the field

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Theme: Building Democratic Trade Unions

Title: Situacion del Trabajo Decente en el Peru 2016

Language: Spanish

What’s Inside: A focus on decent work in Peru

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THEME: Precarious and Informal Work

TITLE: Going for Broke: A case study of Labour Brokerage on Fruit Farms in Grabouw

LANGUAGE: English

WHAT’S INSIDE:  A focus on the high levels of labour rights violations experienced by farm workers who are contracted through labour brokers

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THEME: Women’s Leadership and Development

TITLE: Workers’ Lives Series

LANGUAGE: English

WHAT’S INSIDE:  A collection of profiles of individual workers which explore the issues around informal employment and organising initiatives

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THEME: Participatory Learning Methods and Popular Education

TITLE: Forging Solidarity – Popular Education at Work

LANGUAGE: English

WHAT’S INSIDE:  A look at what ways adult and popular educators are responding to various harsh economic, political, cultural and environmental conditions

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