On Tuesday 5 October, the IWGB launches its new ‘School of Organising’ member training course. Over 40 people from the IWGB’s membership of precarious and migrant workers will attend the course to become workplace organisers and leaders.
The 6-week interactive course combines organising theory with practical on-the-ground experience and covers power mapping, holding persuasive organising conversations, planning campaigns, and producing campaign communications. The course is supported by a one-on-one coaching scheme that will embed learning materials in members’ workplaces and help bring down barriers to participation.
Members will participate from across the union, including couriers and private hire drivers from the gig economy, cleaners, yoga teachers, foster care and game workers.
The first School of Organising course is a level 1 course. It will be followed by advanced training in communications, case work, group facilitation, and campaigns. The course will increase the IWGB’s organising and campaigning capacity and will help to put the workers at the centre of the union’s future strategic plans.
Henry Chango Lopez, Secretary of the IWGB, says: “We want to train a new generation of grassroots leaders to build a bigger and better union that is proactively anti-oppressive and where everyone has a voice. This course will be a great step forward in building our organising capacity and putting our members at the centre of all of our campaigns.”
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