The LRS Value Chains Capacity Building Project works with established trade union networks in Africa, supporting their ability to develop renewed strategies for organising and bargaining to confront inequality in global value chains.
Value chains describe where a company or operation is situated on the production line and what power it has in the bigger picture of how things are produced. This has implications for trade union organising and bargaining.
In sub-Saharan Africa, big South African multinationals such as Shoprite, Pick n Pay and Walmart/Massmart have created a network of manufacturers, intermediaries, and retail outlets part of which is entirely regional and part of which are the extension of global value chains.
The LRS Value Chains Capacity Building Project focuses on trade union network alliances in wholesale and retail, agriculture and transport sectors. Supported by the DGB Bildungswerk Bund, the project is building on the knowledge, relationships and lessons that underpin these networks. The project provides spaces where unions can share experiences and reflect on the implications of value chain mapping for organising and bargaining. The objective is to develop responses that will address the unequal distribution of value and the exploitation of differing labour standards regionally.
Key project contact: Trenton Elsley