You can find our preliminary programme in the download section – including workshop timetable, speakers, etc.  – This is still subject to change and will be updated regularly, so please make sure to come back and download the latest version before you leave!


Below you find a preliminary programme overview. As we progress in discussions with registered participants about their wishes and proposals and get confirmation from speakers, we’ll regular update this – so make sure to check it out again some time soon!

Global crisis – global solidarity
A LabourStart Conference, Berlin 23-25 May 2014
Programme outline

Friday, May 23

15:00 2 Walking Tours: Labour history of Berlin, in English, Starting points at Potsdamer Platz and ver.di headquarter. Details in the programm download document

18:00 An introduction to Labourstart,
after that: Arrival, registration of participants and matching up of hosts and guests for solidarity  housing

19:00 Opening Event: Global crisis, global solidarity – how do we build global union power?
Several short key note speeches
Followed by discussion between participants

21:00 Informal get-together for conf. participants

Saturday, May 24

9:00-9:30 Registration of participants

9:30-10:00 Opening of the conference
Welcome & key note speech

10:00-10:30 Coffee break

10:30-12:30 Plenary Session: How to build global industrial relations? Experiences in building various models

12:30-14:00 Lunch

14:00-15:30 Workshops 1 , Tracks 1-9 (see descriptions below)

15:30-16:00 Coffee break

16:00-17:30 Workshops 2: Tracks 1-9 (see descriptions below)

20:00- open end Congress party

Sunday, May 25

9:00-10:30 Workshops 3: Tracks 1-9 (see descriptions below)

10:30-11:00 Coffee break

11:00-12:30 Workshops 4: Tracks 1-9 (see descriptions below)

12:30-14:00 Lunch

14:00-16:00 Closing plenary session, Closing remarks and The Internationale

16:00-17:30 LabourStart correspondent’s annual meeting.
Only LabourStart correspondents are invited to attend this session.
(But participants can sign up at the conference in Berlin if they wish.)


Workshops will be structured along 9 tracks, each with an overarching theme. Some workshops will build on each other, others will just shed light on various aspects of the track theme. Participants can either stay in one track and get in-depth insights into this particular topic, or change tracks from one session to the other. Some workshops may also be categorized as belonging to several tracks. The tracks are as follows:

1.      Building global Labour Movements
2.      The European and Global Crises – trade union answers to the challenge
3.      Building Labour Movements under authoritarian regimes: (How) Can they be supported from the outside?
4.      Women workers issues and gender equality
5.      The Labour Movements’ history, values and traditions
6.      Media, Culture and Trade Unions – tools for discussion and information
7.     Internet communications                  
8.      Trade unions and politics
9. Organising and trade union renewal