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Organising Amazon: cross border trade unionism study visit
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Event details
Sat, 10 Aug 2019 - 10:30 to
Sat, 14 Sep 2019 - 12:30
£250 est

The TUC South West (TUC SW) has offered us places on their training visit to the Ver.di trade union training centre at Kirkel, Germany. TUC Yorkshire propose taking a small number of young activists to participate in this opportunity. We will be hosted by the Ver.di trade union. Interested applicants should download the application form at the bottom of this page and return to by 18 July.

Training & study visit concept

Two, day long training days on ‘organising,’ paired with a themed visit to Kirkel (TUC SW), hosted by the Ver.di trade union.

The theme of the training days will be developing organising skills in the new economy (so focusing on organising outside the traditional shop floor model that forms the basis of reps training). Will use materials from LaborNotes, TUC ‘talking union’ eNote, and and other trade union materials.

The theme of the visit to Kirkel will be: Organising Amazon: how unions can work across borders to bargain with multinationals. All accommodation and meals are paid for by Ver.di.

The Kirkel visit will constit of common elements organised by TUC SW & Ver.di:

  • Workplace visit
  • Meeting with young trade unionists
  • Possible concentration camp/historical visit
  • Free day in Frankfurt/Saarbrucken or nearby town

The TUC SW will also have one or two days (consisting of two/four half days) working on their specific young leaders project.

TUC Yorkshire delegates will work with Ver.di and use this time to do one of the following:

  • arrange meetings/visits for our delegates with the organisers of the Ver.di Amazon strikes & industrial disputes
  • (?) Organise an evening/afternoon with left wing/socialist groups in Frankfurt
  • (?) Run a workshop on the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung cross border bargaining case studies

We'll then implement what we've learned with some ongoing organising projects in November coordinated by the TUC.


18 July

Close applications, select applicants

10 August

Hold first day workshop Sheffield

9 – 13 September

Visit to Kirkel

October (Saturday)

Hold second workshop Sheffield

29 October

Winter Patrol project York


Young Workers Month project


Visit to Kirkel

Train travel to/from Kirkel

£210 approx

Accommodation & meals


Incidental travel + food


TUC T shirt (optional)


Misc/spending money

At discretion of delegate


£240 (+£10 t shirt)

TOTAL overall cost to delegates: £240

Please note other incidental spending costs such as minor food costs, and intercity travel may be involved - please ensure your branch can assist you in this.

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