The Global Labour Institute International Summer School starts on Monday in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, England. If you can’t make it, you can participate remotely.

Walton Pantland Europe, UK,

It’s that time of the year again, folks! Time for International Summer School, and USi will be participating again. S-Sultana

Yes, #ISS15 is about to launch, and anyone who’s had the privilege of attending before knows it is one of the most dynamic events in the trade union calendar. At summer school we hear from activists who are at the coalface of the most pressing issues our movement faces: this is cutting edge trade unionism.

Held in the stunning location of Wentworth Castle, outside Barnsley in the People’s Republic of South Yorkshire, the school will bring together a hundred trade union activists from more than thirty countries for a week of discussion and brainstorming.

This years programme features the following workshops, and more:

  • Capitalism, Anti-Capitalism and the Trade Union Movement
  • Solidarity with Greece
  • The Fall & Rise of Labour?
  • The Politics of Organising
  • Organising Informal Workers
  • Taking on the Corporations
  • Trade Agreements – TTIP, TISA, CETA and TPP
  • Union-Party Relationships
  • Unions & Climate Change
  • Political language: what do we mean by socialism, feminism and syndicalism?

There’s also plenty of activity outside the workshops: an anarchist tour of the castle, walks through the grounds, or animate discussions in the pub.

We leave inspired by the knowledge that there are people out there who think like us, who struggle with us, who will stand with us in solidarity to build a world of justice, fairness and dignity.

If you want a flavour of what to expect, read about last year’s event here.

If you can’t make it to sunny Barnsley, fear not! All plenary sessions will be broadcast live over the web at You can also participate on social media – Twitter, Facebook and Instagram – using the #ISS15 hashtag.

You can interact with the live debate by asking questions on Twitter.

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Walton Pantland

South African trade unionist living in Glasgow. Loves whisky, wine, running and the great outdoors. Walton did an MA in Industrial Relations at Ruskin, Oxford, and is interested in how trade unions use new technology to organise.

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