Our Eastern Cape Worker Education Project has evolved from a broad commitment made at the launch of NALSU to an established winter school series and an approved short course for trade unions.
Vuyisile Mini Winter Schools
NALSU has been central to the organisation and delivery of the Vuyisile Mini Winter Schools since their launch in 2015. Funded by the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), each winter school brings together approximately 40 participants from a range of unions – mainly from East London, Port Elizabeth and Uitenhage – for four days of discussions and debates. The participants are fully-funded, and reside at Rhodes University residences for the duration. The winter school series is named after Vuyisile Mini, a well-known Eastern Cape trade unionist who was particularly active in Port Elizabeth and who was executed in 1964 for his role in the anti-apartheid armed struggle.
For more information on the winter schools, please click here.
Short course on Policy, Theory and Research for Labour Movements
The NALSU team has been working on the idea of an accredited short course for unions and allied working class civil society organisations in the Eastern Cape since the launch of the Vuyisile Mini Winter School Series. Our proposal for such a short course – to be offered jointly by the Departments of Sociology and NALSU – was formally approved by Rhodes University in late 2017 and a module was piloted in 2018 in Port Elizabeth. We are undertaking a fuller rollout in 2019 in partnership with the Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Education and Training Authority (merSETA). We have obtained input from trade union federations at national level and are engaging further within the Eastern Cape.
For more information on the short course, please click here.
Labour Studies: Working Class Education Series