Center for Global Workers' Rights Attends the 14th Global Labour University Conference in Berlin

A delegation from the Center for Global Workers' Rights recently attended the 14th Global Labour University Conference, "Reflecting 100 years of ILO – Shaping the Rules for a New Century of Labour," held from March 27-29 in Berlin, Germany.
Center for Global Workers' Rights Attends the 14th Global Labour University Conference in Berlin

Associate professor Mark Anner presents the Labour Rights Indicator. Berlin, March 27, 2019

By Katherine Maich and Paolo Marinaro

A delegation from the Center for Global Workers’ Rights (CGWR) at the School of Labor and Employment Relations at Penn State, attended the 14th Global Labour University Conference, “Reflecting 100 years of ILO – Shaping the Rules for a New Century of Labour,” held from March 27-29 in Berlin, Germany. The Center-associated MPS program in Labor and Global Workers’ Rights is part of the Global Labour University (GLU) network with four other campuses in India, South Africa, Brazil and Germany. The GLU brings together trade unions, universities and the International Labour Organization, with a mission to increase the intellectual and strategic capacity of workers’ organizations.

The CGWR was represented by associate professor Mark Anner, associate teaching professor Mary Bellman, assistant professors Katherine Maich and Rebecca Tarlau, and post-doctoral scholar Paolo Marinaro. Mark presented the Labour Rights Indica­tors – the open source online database developed by the CGWR that provides strategic data on freedom of association and collective bargaining rights in differ­ent countries over time. Recently, the Governing Body of the ILO decided to support the Indicators as the official measurement of workers’ labor rights violations globally. Upon returning from Berlin, Kate reflected, “The conference confirmed the cutting-edge potential of the GLU network for Penn State.” Paolo also noted, “It was an incredible opportunity to present and discuss my research with such a committed group of scholars and activists from all over the world.” For more information on the conference, including the full agenda, speakers and workshops, please visit the website for the Global Labour University: www.global-labour-university.org.