A programme to promote online inclusion of trade unions in the developing world

Programme summary

Various countries will be identified for a programme of core training workshops and supplementary activities organised in developing countries where there is low-to-non-existent Internet connectivity among internationally affiliated trade union organisations. It is estimated that around 45 countries might be served by this programme, 25 of which are in Africa. The programme targets those organisations affiliated to the ICFTU and to the Sector Union Bodies – the International Trade Secretariats (ITS) - all of whom are members of the Global Unions group.

The aims of the programme are as follows:

  • to enhance the ability in all national trade union organisations to participate in international trade union activities online
  • to promote, by example, the value of ICT use within the trade union movement in each country
  • to improve understanding of current technological change and associated firm strategies and to address workplace implications
  • to help national trade union organisations understand how they can participate in the important work of bridging the digital divide:
    • by advocating the development of the ICT capacity of workforces through vocational training
    • by becoming active participants in relevant government programmes (e.g. National ICT Councils)
The workshops (3-4 days each depending on local facilities, and number of participants) would focus on:
  • Internet connectivity
  • the use of the web and e-mail
  • web publishing
  • national and regional networking among unions using the Internet
  • online trade union information sources
  • the role of national trade union organisations in bridging the digital divide in their own country through
    • training services to members
    • advocating IT-related vocational training in collective bargaining
    • awareness of and participation in government initiatives to bridge the digital divide
Date/Location of core workshops

Following agreement in principle with the national trade union centre(s) to hold a "Solidarity Online" workshop, the date and location would be established with them, in conjunction with any local partner organisation.

Core workshop curriculum

The content of the workshops would be planned by the ICFTU in collaboration with the ITS, the identified consultants/trainers, the national trade union centre, and any other local and international partners.

Participation in core workshops:

The core workshops are targeted at those organisations involved in international trade union work. The national centre would take primary responsibility for identifying participants among their affiliates. Participation should be planned carefully, bearing in mind that the workshops will be focused not only on the technical "know how" of using the Internet, but also on the usefulness of Internet for those involved directly in policy issues, and in international trade union work. Ideally, each participating organisation would send at least one "administrative" person (e.g. member of secretarial staff, or main computer user in an office), and at least one "policy" person (e.g. international secretary, union education specialist, or researcher).

Once the workshop date is set, the ITS will also be informed who can then directly propose their own affiliates as participants to the national centre, or can inform their affiliate in the country concerned of the possibility of arranging participation by contacting the national centre.

Supplementary activities

Partners in the "Solidarity Online" programmes will know well in advance of the date and location of the workshop. Representatives of employers, national ICT initiatives, other DOT Force-recognised partners will then have time to react, and become involved. Partners could, where possible and/or necessary, provide equipment and/or extra time for the trainer/consultant to install PCs and/or Internet connections for workshop participants before or after the workshops. If more than one organisation is being helped locally, ICFTU or a local partner could act as intermediary to facilitate the use of single consultant (i.e. depending on who is paying the consultant for the core workshop).

Overall co-ordination of this project provided by Duncan Pruett, ICFTU (duncan.pruett@icftu.org)

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