GLI Geneva was the first GLI, launched in 1997, as a non-profit foundation. It provides political and organisational support and advice to a wide range of trade union organisations, organisers and participates in meethings, conferences and seminars, publishes articles and books on trade union politics, and holds an extensive library and website on international labour movement politics and history.
The core work of GLI involves international networking between trade unions, labour movement NGOs and workers’ education organisations; academics committed to the labour movement and authors, journalists and political activists working on the same issues. It has provided a key support role in numerous international conferences, seminars and meetings, providing contacts and contributors, papers, presentations and advice.
GLI Geneva has played an important role in the development of workers’ organisation in the informal economy, working closely with Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO), the International Union of Foodworkers, and the international networks of informal workers themselves, particularly the Internationa Domestic Workers Federation, formed in 2013.
Working closely with GLI Moscow, it has been especially involved in organising solidarity and education programmes with the independent trade union movement in the former Soviet Union, particularly in Russia, Georgia, Ukraine and Moldova.
GLI Geneva has a major library and website of books and articles covering the world’s trade union and socialist movements. The library has a unique collection of over 5,000 items, in at least 13 languages. The website, available in five languages, contains more than 6,000 documents, articles and booklets on the international labour movement.