Publications

Our publications include research understanding and analysing informal and precarious employment, workers’ livelihoods, and the development of informal workers’ organisations.

Kampala Bus Rapid Transit Report: Understanding Kampala’s Paratransit Market Structure (2020)

AFD pictureThe research and subsequent report were undertaken through a contract with Agence Française de Développement (AFD) to support the Government of Uganda and the Kampala Capital City Authority in preparation of the planned introduction of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) in Kampala.

This report attempts to provide a detailed assessment of the market struture of the paratransit industry in Kampala, including both minibus (“taxi”) and motorcycle taxi (“boda-boda”) services. It is intended to contribute towards an understanding of how paratransit services can be incrementally improved and professionalised to minimize some of its negative effects on Kampala’s overall transport system, and how to integrate the existing informal service into the proposed new Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system.

Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and the Formalisation of Informal Public Transport – A Trade Union Negotiating Guide (2020)

OPT Negotiating GuideThis negotating guide was commissioned for GLI Manchester by the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) as a contribution to the ITF Our Public Transport (OPT) programme.

This guide attempts to develop policy options for transport unions to consider when planning negotiations with agencies on the introduction of BRT and formalisation of the informal transport industry. It is primarily designed for ITF affiliated transport unions in Africa and Asia where BRT is rapidly expanding, but is hopefully of value to all trade unions organising in urban transport.

Nairobi Bus Rapid Transit Labour Impact Assessment Research Report (2019)

Nairobi Bus Rapid Transit ReportThis full report of research was commissioned for GLI Manchester by the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) as a contribution to the ITF Our Public Transport (OPT) programme.

This report assesses the potential impact of the introduction of Bus Rapid Transit on the workforce of Nairobi’s informal transport (‘matatu’) industry, and seeks to encourage the active engagement of matatu workers’ representatives in shaping a modern, accessible, efficient and environmentally sustainable transport system for the city.

Nairobi Bus Rapid Transit Labour Impact Assessment (2018)

Nairobi BRT Labour Impact AssessmentThe GLI was commissioned by the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) to undertake preliminary research and write a baseline study report to assess the likely impact and implications of Bus Rapid Transit for workers in Nairobi.

 

 

 

 

 

Organising Precarious Transport Workers (2013)

Organising Precarious Transport WorkersThis precarious transport workers booklet was prepared for the International Transportworkers’ Federation based on quotes and examples from the ITF’s survey on Informal and precarious work.

 

 

 

 

 

 

ITF Baseline Survey Report: Precarious Labour and Decent Work in the Transport Industry (2013)

Precarious Labour and Decent Work in the Transport IndustryThis research and publication was comissioned by the International Transportworkers’ Federation. Its goal was to improve knowledge of the extent, nature and trends in precarious and informal employment in the major transport sectors, and to identify the experience of union organisation, representation and collective bargaining among precarious and informal workers. This report brings together findings from 51 unions in 38 countries.

 

 

 

 

 

The Only School We Have: Learning From Organizing Experiences Across the Informal Economy (2012)

The only school we haveCompiled and edited by Christine Bonner and Dave Spooner, published by Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO).

 

 

 

 

 

Promoting the ILO Home Work Convention (C177) and the Rights of Homeworkers (2012)

Doc 3This manual was produced by the Global Labour Institute for HomeNet South Asia. It is a manual for workers’ educators and faciliators to provoke and encourage discussion about homeworkers and their rights as workers and encourage homeworkers and their supporters to get the ILO Home Work Convention put into national law in their own country.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Transport Workers in the Urban Informal Economy: Livelihood Profile (2011)

Doc 1This research was was commissioned by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to profile the size and significance of those working in the urban informal transport sector in developing and transition countries, and to make suggestions on what can be done to improve the life-chances and livelihoods of urban workers in the informal transport economy.

 

 

 

 

 

Taking Stock: Decent Work Opportunities for Women and Men in the Informal Economy (2011)

Doc 2Report of workshop on Organising Street Vendors in Liberia, held in Monrovia in May 2011. This workshop was organised and faciliated by Women In Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO) with two closely related aims:

  • to strengthen the organising capacity of the National Petty Union of Liberia (NAPETUL)
  • to explore the potential for a longer-term partnership between NAPETUL, the Liberian Labour Congress (LLC), Ghana TUC and StreetNet International.

This research and training was commissioned by Realizing Rights/Rockefeller Foundation as part of the project Taking Stock: Decent Work Opportunities for Women and Men in the Informal Economy.