COVID-19 pandemic

THEME: ONLINE ORGANISING

Jalvat Shezhadi is an instructor at the Labour Education Foundation (LEF) in Pakistan.

November 2020: “I have been very excited about learning how to do this, and the women I have been working with are already asking for more courses.” Read more

THEME: ONLINE ORGANISING

Fiona Gandiwa Magaya, Coordinator of the Gender Department for the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU), Zimbabwe

August 2020: “Let us  share best practices and experiences on issues affecting us as workers.” Read more

THEME: ONLINE ORGANISING

Martin Jansen is Director of Workers World Media Productions (WWMP), South Africa

August 2020: “New skills have been learnt, especially online facilitation, but much more is still needed.” Read more


THEME: ONLINE ORGANISING

Carol Ng, Chairperson of the Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions (HKCTU), Hong Kong

August 2020: “Different unions are willing to exchange information more than before, to see if their members are suffering from any ill treatment in terms of their employment. I think this pandemic is changing the future plans of our world.” Read more

THEME: ONLINE ORGANISING

Wisborn Malaya, Secretary General of Zimbabwe Chamber of Informal Economy Associations (ZCIEA) and IFWEA Executive Committee member, Zimbabwe

July 2020: “The best advice I can give is that this whole process requires patience. It’s also useful to identify key people and equip those people to help manage online platforms.” Read more

THEME: ONLINE ORGANISING

Myrtle Witbooi, Secretary General of the South African Domestic and Allied Workers’ Union (SADSAWU) and Chair of the International Domestic Workers Federation (IDWF), South Africa

July 2020: “Workers are losing jobs. There is hunger and no food and workers expect the union to assist.” Read more


THEME: ONLINE ORGANISING

Nosipho Twala, Educator and Facilitator at Labour Research Service (LRS), South Africa

May 2020: “When having online meetings with our partners, we’ve found it’s essential to do a ‘dry run’ to familiarise participants with the technology we are using, before the actual meeting. It’s good that children are at home now, because they are able to help their parents to connect and can easily troubleshoot if there are challenges!” Read more


THEME: ONLINE ORGANISING

Sheri Davis-Faulkner, Co-Director of the WILL Empower programme and Senior Programme Director with the Center for Innovation in Worker Organization (CIWO) in the Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations, USA

May 2020: “The best part is that the cohort participants deeply appreciate the community/network we have built.” Read more

THEME: ONLINE ORGANISING

Nina Benjamin, Project Leader: Gender Programme at Labour Research Service (LRS), South Africa

May 2020: “With online communication one needs one to be conscious that it is a different form of communication. For example: when do you put on your camera, what does it mean to speak into a void, how do understand how you are received?” Read more

THEME: ONLINE ORGANISING

Maira Vannuchi, StreetNet International organizer for the Americas and IFWEA Executive Member, Brazil

May 2020: “The impact has been more about the urgency that street vendors are facing. The needs of the vendors have impacted me and the team because we have the feeling that we have to use all our resources to do as much as possible to help them.” Read more

THEME: ONLINE ORGANISING

Khalid Mahmood, Labour Education Foundation (LEF) and IFWEA Executive Member, Pakistan

May 2020: “Trying new technology is not that difficult as it seems. We must try to involve workers in learning new things as the time requires. It takes some effort in the beginning but it is not impossible. Workers are also very interested to learn online skills.” Read more


THEME: ONLINE ORGANISING

Holding an Online Board Meeting – how we did it. Trenton Elsley, Executive Director at Labour Research Service (LRS), South Africa

May 2020: “The board usually meets quarterly. This was an important board meeting as it was the first one of the year. The board had to sign off on audited financial statements, and make staff remuneration decisions.” Read more