SECTION 1 - A FRAMEWORK FOR CURRICULUM AND MATERIALS DEVELOPMENT
Worker-centered union literacy must be understood first and foremost as trade union education.
Through the union, we engage in collective struggles to improve our lives and those of our families and communities. Labour's overall goal is to advance workers' collective aspirations for a more just society. A union's concern with improving the literacy skills of members has to be understood in this larger context. Thus, worker-centered union literacy must share the goals of trade union education in general. These are to:
As well, worker-centered union literacy espouses the general principles of trade union education.
The principles of labour education call for an educational process that:
Thus, it is only within the larger context of the union and trade union education that we can begin to understand worker-centered union literacy - what it is and what it stands for.