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Short Description


The Global Union Research Network (GURN) was established in January 2004 as a follow up to the millennium debate of the Global Unions Group. It is a platform for trade unionists and researchers dealing with the challenges of globalization from a labour perspective. The GURN is a cooperation project of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), the Trade Union Advisory Committee to the OECD (TUAC), the Global Union Federations (GUFs), the ILO‘s International Institute for Labour Studies (IILS) and the ILO’s Bureau for Workers’ Activities (ACTRAV). Currently, the ITUC, TUAC and ILO/ACTRAV form the steering committee of the GURN.

The aim of the research network is to give union organizations better access to research carried out within trade unions and allied institutions, while enabling them to exchange information on matters of joint concern and to develop the capacity to make analyses and take part in debates and policy formulation.


• Facilitate access to research carried out within the global trade union movement and allied research institutes

• Promote cooperation of trade unions and research institutes on common research issues

• Encourage knowledge and resource sharing, especially between the global North and South

• Support efforts to enhance the capacity of trade unionists to develop analyses and to increase participation in debates and policy formulation.

Areas of expertise and competencies

Priority topics

The GURN is currently focusing on the following topics:

• Bilateral and Regional Trade Agreements

• Corporate Governance

• OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises

• Global Value Chains

• Wages and Collective Bargaining

• Social Security

• Economic Alternatives and Poverty Eradication

• Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers (PRSPs) and International Financial Institutions (IFIs)

• Migration

• Sustainable Development

• Global Trade Union Strategies (Union Renewal)

• NEW: Public - Private Partnership (PPP)

Work programme, strategic plan, projects

Publications, language, newsletter

The GURN initiates research, provides research information on issues relevant to the labour movement via the Internet, publishes regular newsletters (, organizes workshops and online conferences on selected topics, and facilitates the development of union-related networks. In cooperation with the Friedrich Ebert Foundation (FES), the GURN provides a database with the option to download labour-oriented research articles (

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