Mar 19

Oksana Abboud speaks on Ukraine

How do you organise when your country is invaded and your colleagues, your friends and your family are all in danger? Oksana Abboud from StreetNet International talks to us: “Our life has stopped and we are living in the moment. We cannot plan anything, the uncertainty is the worst. This... read more →
Mar 10

IFWEA affiliates make statements on Ukraine war

February/March 2022 - A number of IFWEA affiliates have issued statements condemning the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and the subsequent effect on workers and their families: TRANSPORT WORKERS PROTEST Defiant dock workers around the globe are refusing to touch Russian fuel in an effort to protest the country's bloody invasion... read more →
Mar 01

Update the list: Businesses aiding illegal settlements in Palestine

February 2022 - The ITUC has launched a petition calling on the United Nations human rights chief to urgently update the two-year-old database of companies operating illegally in Israeli settlements on Palestinian land. In February 2020, the UN Human Rights Office published the database of enterprises.  It was welcomed for exposing... read more →
Feb 22

2022 IFWEA Courses

IFWEA courses for 2022 include training on digital tools and methods, and participatory online pedagogy.  We also have new and updated self-paced courses offering admin skills, how to use OLA and more. Below you can find more information on the courses, when they will run, how long they will take,... read more →
Jan 19

IFWEA’s Melanie Julie speaks to DGB Bildungswerk

January 2022 - IFWEA e-learning developer Melanie Julie (pictured) spoke to DGB Bildungswerk about the recent training sessions on Digital Tools and Methods for Conducting Online Trade Union Activities. The article appeared in the DGB Bildungswerk newsletter: With the advance of the Corona pandemic, countless union education projects around the... read more →
Nov 17
Nov 01

New WEA Impact Report 2021: Community learning improves life chances

The new Impact 2021 report  from  The WEA, the UK’s the UK’s largest voluntary sector provider of adult education, reveals the extent community learning helps adults improve their employability and life chances.  It  highlights the importance of learning to boost career prospects but warns that vulnerable adults who don’t have this access... read more →
Oct 21

Lucy Hewes from WEA: Adapting for online teaching

Lucy Hewes is a tutor with IFWEA-affiliated the WEA (Workers' Educational Association) in the UK. Earlier this year she won the WEA award for Digitally Innovative Teaching, focusing on how she adapted her classes once the Covid-19 pandemic struck. Lucy had been delivered a variety of sewing and textile courses... read more →
Oct 07

Celebrating 10 Years of YGAP

IFWEA's unique Youth Globalisation Awareness Programme (YGAP) turns ten in 2021. Each year, young staff members drawn from IFWEA affiliates or associated labour organisations have come to Cape Town, South Africa to be immersed in a learning experience that includes passionate, participative workshops, and internships at host organisations. For many,... read more →
Sep 27

25 years of Indian Academy For Self Employed Women (IASEW)

IFWEA affiliate Indian Academy For Self Employed Women (IASEW), popularly known as SEWA Academy, celebrates 25 years in 2021. IASEW has played a vital, dynamic and participative role in providing education and training for women in the informal sector for a quarter of a century. It is an organisation of... read more →
Sep 22

HKCTU to disband due to repression

The Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions (HKCTU), Hong Kong's largest pro-democracy union coalition, is to disband, citing fears for safety as a major reason. Members of the HKCTU had received messages in recent days making them feel they could face threats to their physical safety if they continue operations,... read more →
Sep 13

Sahra Ryklief: Lessons Learned in Transnational Solidarity

IFWEA General Secretary Sahra Ryklief has thrown down the gauntlet and challenged unions to re-energize and re-tool for today’s global ‘new normal.’ Unions must advocate not only for workers’ rights but act in solidarity with broader struggles for equality and social justice. The essay, released on 30 August 2021, is... read more →
Sep 13
Sep 13

Ukraine: Regressive labour laws

The ITUC has written jointly with the ETUC to senior politicians in Ukraine to raise serious concerns about ongoing regressive labour reforms in the country. Several draft laws are being considered by the Verkhovna Rada (the Ukrainian parliament) that are incompatible with international and regional labour standards, which has been... read more →
Sep 07

C.190 WhatsApp group: ZCIEA

IFWEA E-Learning Developer Melanie Julie spoke to Dennis Maluwa from Zciea Zimbabwe who is part of the C.190 Study Circles. He started a C.190 Awareness WhatsApp group for educational and communication purposes, and it's working really well. To watch Dennis talk about it click here
Sep 07

Building digital skills, step by step

Fatou Diouf is a Project Coordinator with Public Services International (PSI), the global union federation of workers in public services. She is currently based in Dakar, Senegal. Fatou is one of 36 participants from 18 countries who have enrolled in the IFWEA Training of Trainers Course: Digital Tools and Methods... read more →
Aug 05

IFWEA Training of Trainers Course: Interview

36 participants from 18 countries have enrolled in the IFWEA Training of Trainers Course: Digital Tools and Methods for Conducting Online Trade Union Activities. The organisations participating are affiliates of three global Union federations – PSI, IDWF and IndustriALL. The course is facilitated by Saliem Patel, Melanie Julies, Renaldi Prinsloo... read more →
Aug 04
Aug 04

IFWEA affiliate ITF launches new web tool

A new web tool that will help seafarers looking for jobs avoid slippery manning agents and cunning scammers has been launched by IFWEA affiliate International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF).  gives those looking for work on cargo or cruise ships the kind of insight they need to negotiate sound contracts.... read more →
Jul 13

Courses: IFWEA Secretariat and Affiliates supported by Secretariat

Courses directly offered by the IFWEA Secretariat, as well courses by IFWEA affiliates supported by the Secretariat, include workshops and study circles on topics ranging from climate change to migrant workers' rights. From February of 2021 through to November, courses have been ongoing with participants drawn from trade unions, worker... read more →