Global Restructuring, Labour and the Challenges for Transnational Solidarity

Global Restructuring, Labour and the Challenges for Transnational Solidarity


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ISBN-13: 9780415580830
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 11/11/2010
Series: Rethinking Globalizations Series , #25
Pages: 280
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

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

Acknowledgements xv

Abbreviations xvi

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

Bibliography 232

Index 253

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