Article by: Prof Andreas Bieler Professor of Political Economy University of Nottingham/UK
The second meeting of the Futures Commission was held in Cape Town South Africa from the 25 -27th March 2015. The Futures Commission had initially been set up in a first meeting in Johannesburg/South Africa in June 2013 as the result of an initiative by the Southern Initiative on Globalisation and Trade Union Rights (SIGTUR).
The Futures Commission, consisting of left academics and trade union representatives from SIGTUR affiliates and supported by the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, was entrusted with the task to develop alternatives to neo-liberalism. At its Congress in Perth Australia in December 2013. SIGTUR identified four key themes as common challenges for all SIGTUR affiliates:
A vigorous push on education is key to plans by the global union alliance SIGTUR
A vigorous push on education is key to plans by the global union alliance SIGTUR to broaden the fight against multinational companies over retrograde measures including the Trans Pacific Partnership agreement (TPPA)(TPPA).
The 2013 10th SIGTUR congress in Australia reaffirmed worker education as a focus in raising the awareness of unions and workers across 23 southern hemisphere countries on how they can develop support networks to pressure corporations and governments taking anti-worker actions.