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Workers In A Lean World

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In this comprehensive study of current labour relations worldwide, Kim Moody surveys both sides of the picket lines. He provides a measured assessment of multinational managements’ strategies to downsize, introduce flexible production and compel workers to accept less pay for more work. He emphasizes the need, in the face of these changes, for renewal and international coordination among national unions and provides examples, from North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia, ...
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Overview

In this comprehensive study of current labour relations worldwide, Kim Moody surveys both sides of the picket lines. He provides a measured assessment of multinational managements’ strategies to downsize, introduce flexible production and compel workers to accept less pay for more work. He emphasizes the need, in the face of these changes, for renewal and international coordination among national unions and provides examples, from North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia, of how this has been achieved.

A bracing riposte to the conventional wisdom concerning the irresistible power of globalization, Workers in a Lean World is a definitive account of contemporary labor relations on a global scale.

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Editorial Reviews

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“Kim Moody is one of the leading intellectuals of the labor movement. In this book he sweeps across the world to reveal exactly how class struggles between multinational capital and labor has shaped working conditions, capital mobility, state power, and the prospects for a visionary labor movement.”—Robin D.G. Kelley, author of Race Rebels: Culture, Politics and the Black Working Class

“Of the many books we’ve seen on globalization, Workers in a Lean World presents the best analysis of how working people can respond strategically to the on-going transformation of capitalism.”—Jeremy Brecher and Tim Costello, New Politics

“This is a very important study that deserves a wide audience.”—Choice

“An exceptional book.”—John Buell, The Progressive

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781859841044
  • Publisher: Verso Books
  • Publication date: 10/1/1997
  • Series: Haymarket Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Kim Moody was a founder of Labor Notes and author of Workers in a Lean World. He has taught at the Cornell Labor Studies Program and at Brooklyn College and is currently a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Hertfordshire in the United Kingdom.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction 1
1 World-Class Working Class 9
Pt. I Capital's Offensive
2 A Certain Kind of Globalization 41
3 North-South Divide: Uneven Development 51
4 Corporate Power and International Production 67
5 The Rise and Limits of Lean Production 85
Pt. II Capital's Cops
6 Corporatism, Neoliberalism, Free Trade, and the State 117
Pt. III Labor's Response
7 Pulled Apart, Pushed Together 143
8 Crisis of the Working Class 180
9 Looking South 201
10 Official Labor Internationalism in Transition 227
11 Rank-and-File Internationalism: The TIE Experience 249
Conclusion: Toward an International Social-Movement Unionism 269
Epilogue 293
Notes 311
Index 335
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