This book shows how the Brazilian new unionism has changed the system of labor relations and assertion of workers' citizenship. By analyzing the current state of labor relations in Brazil and the role of the new unionism on the superseding of the corporate institutions inherited from the 1930s, it provides useful information and insights into Brazilian industrial relations and perspectives for change. Finally, by applying regression analysis to data collected in a survey with workers in Recife, a poor northeastern region, the author shows how the proposals advanced by the new unionism have successfully developed a new political culture he terms the "political culture of active citizenship".
About the Author
MAURICIO RANDS BARROS is Professor of Labour Law at the Federal University of Pemambuco, Brazil. After finishing postgraduate studies in labour law at the University of Bari, Italy, he was awarded a doctorate in politics at St Antony's College, Oxford. In addition, he works as a labour lawyer for the Central Unica dos Trabalhadores and its affiliates in Recife, Brazil. He has published many articles on labour relations, labour law and comparative labour law.
Table of ContentsAcronyms Tables and Figures Introduction The Brazilian System of Labour Relations and the Revival of the Labour Movement The Cut's Model: Structures, Practices and Proposals Trade Unionism in Pernambuco The Survey: Measuring the Attitude of Active Citizenship Survey Findings: New Unionism Fostering the Attitude of Active Citizenship Conclusion Sources Appendices