Workers' Activities

Workers' Activities
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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

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

26 November 2018 - 30 November 2018

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Ending Violence and Harassment at work

Ending Violence and Harassment at work

Globally workers are reporting that violence and harassment is an increasing feature in the workplace. Read More

21 October 2019 - 15 November 2019

English - French - Spanish


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