Saskia Sassen, Professor, Columbia University and author of Territory, Authority, and Rights Globalisation has put national labor movements under severe pressure due to the increasing transnationalisation of production and informalisation of the economy.
Through a range of different case studies of concrete instances of successful as weal as failed strategies, this book draws out possibilities of, but also obstacles to, transnational labor solidarity in times of global restructuring. It covers inter-trade junior co-operation as well as co-operation between trade unions and social movements within the formal and informanl economy, and the public and private sector.
This book will be of interest to students and scholars of International Political Economy, International Relations, Industrial Relations, Globalization, Geography and History, as well as trade union researchers and social movement activists.
About the Author
Andreas Bieler is Professor of Political Economy and Co-Director of the Centre for the Study of Social and Global Justice (CSSGJ) in the School of Politics and International Relations, University of Nottingham/UK. His research is predominantly focused on understanding the current struggle over the future economic-political model of the European Union (EU) and the possibilities to resist neo-liberal restructuring. He is author of Globalisation and Enlargement of the European Union (Routledge, 2000) as well as The Struggle for a Social Europe: Trade unions and EMU in times of global restructuring (Manchester University Press, 2006).
Ingemar Lindberg is a former Researcher and Social Policy Adviser to the Confederation of Swedish Trade Unions (LO) where he was responsible for the Social Justice Project 1991 – 95 and the main report to the 1996 LO Convention. He has written many books and articles, the latest being Den globala kapiutalismen och det nya motståndet (Global capitalism and the new resistance, Atlas 2005).
Table of Contents
List of illustrations x
List of contributors xi
Part I Introduction and conceptual considerations 1
1 Globalisation and the new challenges for transnational solidarity: an introduction Andreas Bieler Ingemar Lindberg 3
2 Trade unions, global competition and options for solidarity Richard Hyman 16
Part II Trade union solidarity across borders" 31
3 East-West European labour transnationalism(s): rivalry or joint mobilisation" Magdalena Bernaciak 33
4 Detours of solidarity: experiences from Ericsson in Colombia Jonas Sjölander 48
5 Building rank and file activism: a study of the Global Action Day Campaign in the history of the International Transport Workers' Federation Mac Urata 58
Part III Transnational solidarity involving trade unions and social movements 73
6 Informal work and transnational organizing Ilda Lindell 75
7 What does transnational labour organising and solidarity mean for Sri Lankan free trade zone women workers" Samanthi. J. Gunawardana 87
8 Victory through solidarity" The story of a women workers' strike in Turkey's Antalya Free Zone Tore Fougner Ayca Kurtoglu 101
9 Cross-border wage struggles in the global garment industry: the campaign for an Asia floor wage Jeroen Merk 116
Part IV Transnational solidarity in defense of the public sector 131
10 Challenging privatization and access to health care services: the role of trade unions Jane Lethbridge 133
11 Thinking through transnational solidarity: The case of Sintraemcali in Colombia Mario Novelli 147
Part V Trade union: social movement cooperation in the developed world 163
12 How new social alliances changed politics in Norway Asbjorn Wahl 165
13 Trade union and social movement cooperation in the defense of the European public sector Andreas Bieler Jan Willem Goudriaan 177
Part VI What strategies towards transnational solidarity" 191
14 Making connections: transnational solidarity through the Internet Bruce Robinson 193
15 Varieties of solidarity: an analysis of cases of worker action across borders Ingemar Lindberg 206
16 Conclusions: a variable landscape of emerging transnational solidarities Andreas Bieler Ingemar Lindberg 220