The Programme for Workers’ Activities is the training arm of the Bureau for Workers' Activities (ACTRAV) of the ILO. The Programme responds to the training needs of workers' organizations through courses, materials, projects and advisory services.

It is the largest international labour education programme in the world and offers free training opportunities to leaders, senior activists and technical staff of workers' organizations.

The Programme runs:

  • residential training courses in Turin
  • follow-up seminars and training activities that assess the impact of its activities, as well as providing further advanced training
  • online labour education
  • staff training for ACTRAV.

Training courses mainly concern:

  • international labour standards and the use of the ILO supervisory system
  • implementation of the Social Justice Declaration and the Decent Work Agenda
  • employment and development policies and poverty-reduction strategies
  • social protection and occupational safety and health, with a focus on HIV-AIDS
  • social dialogue
  • collective bargaining and organizing
  • gender and women workers' rights
  • training of trainers and training methodology
  • the use of information technology by trade unions.

 

The Secretary of the Workers' Group of the ILO Governing Body plays a central role in choosing the organizations eligible to send participants to the activities. No participant is enrolled directly in the activities without going through that process.

The Programme has developed a set of computer communication tools known as SoliComm, Solidarity Communications. It uses them for pre-course orientation and post-course follow-up. Moreover, labour organizations can use them for building networks, organizing educational activities, conducting campaigns and more. They encompass e-mail, mailing lists, computer conferencing, websites and an e-library.

Upcoming courses

Transition from the Informal to the Formal Economy

Transition from the Informal to the Formal Economy

This course aims to equip union representatives with the relevant knowledge and skills to support their unions' effort in tackling the barriers that impede the entry of workers into the economic and social mainstream. Read More

16 October 2017 - 27 October 2017

English - French

Zimbabwe

A1510030

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Sustainable development goals: Trade union policies and national/regional action plans for Asia and the Pacific

Sustainable development goals: Trade union policies and national/regional action plans for Asia and the Pacific

As a follow-up to the Global Workers' Academy on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), this course aims to develop union capacities in Asia and Pacific to shape and influence the full implementation of the agenda. Read More

30 October 2017 - 17 November 2017

English

Blended

A3710026

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Global Workers' Academy on the Future of Work: Organizing and Collective Bargaining

Global Workers' Academy on the Future of Work: Organizing and Collective Bargaining

The accelerated pace of change in globalization, technology, demographics and climate change has led to rapid transformations in the world of work and has been accompanied by high levels of uncertainty, fear and insecurity. Read More

13 November 2017 - 01 December 2017

English - French - Spanish

Blended

A9710011

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Transition from the informal to the formal economy: Trade union strategies and follow-up to ILO Recommendation 204

Transition from the informal to the formal economy: Trade union strategies and follow-up to ILO Recommendation 204

As a follow-up to the Global Workers' Academy on the same topic held in 2016, the course seeks to improve the technical competences of union leaders, educators and organizers in identifying and addressing the underlying causes of informality and the barriers to entry into the economic and social mainstream. Read More

Dates to be defined

English

New Delhi, India

A3510027

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Resources

Equality and Discrimination

10 page booklet Click here to get the resource

Child Labour Booklet

10 page booklet Click here to get the resource

International Labour Standards Booklet

10 page booklet Click here to get the resource

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