ILO-ITC Training course on trade unionism (Italy, June 2003)

The International Training Centre of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) organized for the different regions of the world a “sectoral workers’ education programme with a special focus on multinational enterprises”, which took place in Turin Italy, from 26 May to 6 June 2003. Gabriel Baglo, General Coordinator of the IFJ Africa Regional Office, and Tuwani Gumani, Project Coordinator for Southern Africa, attended the workshop on behalf of the IFJ Africa Staff.

The course was sponsored by the ILO and conducted by the Bureau for Workers' Activities (ACTRAV) of the ILO. It was aimed at assisting the Global union Federations (GUF) to empower their regional structure in different regions including Africa through the development of technical skills of their staff and human resources.

In particular the course was meant to contribute to:

- Improving skills and knowledge-bases of GUF regional staff on cross-cutting issues related to their current interests and priorities;

- Building up and strengthening a network among the regional staff of GUFs;

- Creating an environment for better co-ordinations among the regional GUFs in planning and implementing their activities/campaigns on common issues; and

- Developing regional trade union policies and strategies on how to ensure decent work in the region and to create socially responsible corporate culture and behaviours of multinational enterprises in the region.