Numsa – IG Metall Building Transnational Solidarity Across Global Value Chains

This project seeks to engage in auto sector specific research in a comparative transnational perspective by drawing on existing global value chain research. Furthermore, the project aims at initiating a transnational dialogue on new organizing approaches and on building (transnational) solidarity along the auto value chain.

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Numsa in partnership with German trade Union IG Metall and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung South Africa hosted a three days conference from 21 to 23 May 2017, in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. As a pilot project, the conference included two OEMS: Mercedes Benz and Volkswagen, and its suppliers in understanding global value chains.

The objectives of the conference were to contribute to building awareness and capacity among workers and their representative trade unions on value chains towards eradicating decent work deficits and the support of democratic organisation, education and representation of workers and their protection in the labour market, through sharing experiences, awareness raising and campaign actions. It aimed to strengthen the transnational cooperation between the two trade unions through joint activities on organising along the transnational value chain. Read more

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