An online course on workers' rights in the global economy is launching with the aim of sharing both knowledge and practical skills for furthering workers' rights worldwide. 

The course, which starts on 3 March and runs over eight weeks, is taught by academics, International Labour Organization (ILO) and trade union experts, and is based on video lectures, readings and interactive quizzes and discussions.

Run by The Global Labour University, the 'Workers' Rights in a Global Economy' course discusses what global workers' rights are and which instruments and strategies can be used to implement them. In some countries, the course will be complemented with local workshops, the results of which will be uploaded onto the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) website.

"Rights and dignity at the workplace are fundamental human rights," the course brochure states. "However, workers' rights continue to be violated every day - millions of people worldwide are facing exploitative working hours, poverty wages, humiliation and mistreatment at work. There are estimates that today's world has a higher number of slaves than any other time in history."

The course is structured into eight chapters, including: an introduction and supervision to labour standards; freedom of association and collective bargaining; company responsibility to respect labour standards; and trade union strategies in global supply chains.

A multiple choice test on the course content will take place at the end of the course. Those that complete the certificate track can apply for a GLU scholarship to participate in the 11th Global Labour University Conference, South Africa, in September.