The International Labour Research and Information Group (ILRIG) is a support organisation dedicated to research, education, training, the production of popular materials, and the provision of reflective spaces for working class movements in South and Southern Africa.
ILRIG was founded in 1983 and has since been advancing working class movements and power both in the workplace and in communities. Over the years we have built a reputation for high-quality publications and education programmes which are accessible and useful to community-based movements, activists, and worker formations.
The main focus of our work is in assisting working class formations to find different and directly democratic ways of self-organising. Linked to this, we provide tools of analysis to aid activists to deepen their understanding of the context we are in and promote progressive ideas, values, principles and practices amongst working class organisations that counter the impacts of neoliberalism and the oppression of class rule, the nation state, racism and patriarchy.
All our work stresses democratic participation and interaction, and is geared towards supporting strong, principled working class organisations that can build an alternative to reactionary ideas and practices such as authoritarianism, populism, and ultra-nationalism, which have emerged within a fraying neoliberal capitalism.