Global Unions?: Theory and Strategies of Organized Labour in by Jeffrey Harrod, Robert O'Brien

By Jeffrey Harrod, Robert O'Brien

This edited assortment examines the interplay among commercial kinfolk and diplomacy within the international economic system. The function of exchange unions has replaced considerably within the period of monetary globalization and this booklet analyzes the most important advancements in union technique on a neighborhood, nationwide, local and worldwide point.

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As corporate power concentrates, states transform and transnational economic activity intensifies workers are confronted 24 Jeffrey Harrod and Robert O’Brien by ever increasing competition. This collection has highlighted the position of organized labour as it faces these challenges. In this brief conclusion we highlight four themes emerging from the book and some of the questions they pose for future research needed before moving forward. The themes are: the need for more attention to the corporation; the challenges of multilevel action; possibilities for progressive internationalism; and the importance of increased interdisciplinary interchange.

This orientation may be freely chosen, as was the case in Australia, or it may be imposed as has happened in post war Asia. Political and social movement unionism are the alternatives to business unionism. Whilst both orientations display certain social movement characteristics, political unionism is marked by the subordination of unions to a political party. Social movement unionism posits a redefined relationship in which the party is embedded in civil society movements, including unions, and strives to reflect this collective will.

Increasing concentration and decreasing control by competition in the market pushes worker organizations to the forefront of discussions concerning the human rights at the workplace and the general social responsibility of corporations. One possibility is a coalition of civil society actors which insist upon corporate codes of conduct. This has been a subject of considerable debate and activity in the textile industry (Ross 1997). Others have pointed to the rise of anti-corporate activism and culture jamming by a growing number of young people fighting back against increased commodification of all aspects of daily life (Klein 2000).

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