Programme Overview

The Congress week will have several pre-Congress meetings and side events.

Statutory Meetings. The International Women’s Committee (IWC) and the Regional Committees will hold their meetings to discuss their own constituency or regional concerns ranging from their issues and concerns as well as priorities and action plans. They will also take this opportunity to prepare their groups for the World Congress.

Thematic Forums. These are meetings that will cover several trade union related issues. External speakers are expected to provide additional insights and at the same time BWI unions are expected to highlight their experiences and best practices. The overriding theme is ‘Fighting back with innovative Unionism” with topics that will include Future of Work, the Struggle for Rights, Supply-Value Chains, MNCs, IFAs, Precarious Work, Mega-Sports Events-Migration Nexus and Labour Standards setting in international mechanisms and institutions.

World Board. As the body that has the right and obligation to manage the affairs of BWI, the meeting will deal with the execution of Congress and Council decisions, administration of BWI, affiliation issues, the annual budget and the Strategic Plan.

World Council. This is the meeting that will deal with general policy of BWI between Congresses. Immediately after the Congress it will also convene to elect the Regional Vice Presidents and the World Board.  

World Congress. Held every four years, it covers the election of BWI leadership, reporting on activities and financial performance of the previous Congress period, decide on the Strategic Plan and decide on motions and resolutions. Thematic discussions related to BWI work are also held within the proceedings.