Massive Open Online Course on “Fair Wage Strategies in a Global Economy”

Massive Open Online Course on Fair Wage Strategies in a Global Economy open for enrolment on

Watch the course trailer here

What?This course offers a mix of video lectures and interviews, readings, online resources and exercises to gain both knowledge and practical skills to understand the actual landscape of wage setting and learn from successful policies and strategies to improve working and living conditions of workers around the world. The course provides also possibilities to network with thousands of trade unionists and labour activists from around the world.  
When?You can attend this course and study at your own pace. Workload: 3-4 hrs/chapter.
Where?Wherever you are, all you need is only an internet connection and eagerness to learn more
For whom?Trade unionists, labour activists, labour educators, labour researchers, NGOs, think-tanks, government officials in charge of the sector and everybody else interested in fair wage policies and strategies in a global economy. Some prior knowledge of wage policies and economics will make it easier to follow. However, theoretical concepts are explained in an accessible and user-friendly manner, so it is also possible to participate in the course using skills and knowledge acquired outside formal education.
Costs?This course is free of cost in the audit track and. If you wish, you can get a Statement of Participation for 29 € once you've finished the course. You can also get a University Certificate of Achievement for 49 € after passing the online exam, which is organized at specific weeks of the year. If you are a participant from a non-OECD country or a trade unionist from an OECD country, you may avail of Global Labour University scholarships for the Certificate of Achievement fee.  

In this course, you will learn about:

Chapter 1: Political economy of wages
Chapter 2: The role of collective bargaining
Chapter 3: Minimum and living wages
Chapter 4: Macroeconomics of wages
Chapter 5: Wage setting in an unfair world
Chapter 6: Workers’ strategies and campaigns for Minimum Wages, Collective Bargaining and Decent Wages


The course includes the recording of two Facebook live discussions with experts from the Global Union Federation IndustriALL and the ILO. You can find the recording here:

Live Discussion 1 Live Discussion 2

Course options and related requirements:

Audit Track (for free) 
This option has no requirements  

Audit track with Statement of Participation (29 €) 
For obtaining your Statement of Participation in the Audit Track, you need to complete 80% of the video lectures and quizzes. 

Certificate Track with Certificate of Accomplishment (49 €)
If you wish to get a Certificate for this course, please start studying in the audit track and send an email to online(at) to express your interest in an exam phase.

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You can also visit the Global Labour University Online Academy to find other free online courses on International Labour Standards and Decent Work in Global Supply Chains and join the GLU Online Education Facebook Group to stay updated on our current and upcoming MOOCs and to network with other course participants.