Workers in a Lean World: Unions in the International Economy

Workers in a Lean World: Unions in the International Economy

by Kim Moody, Moody


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Workers in a Lean World: Unions in the International Economy by Kim Moody, Moody

This is a comprehensive study of current labour relations worldwide. It surveys both sides of the picket lines, and provides an assessment of multinational managements‘ strategies to downsize, introduce flexible production and compel workers to accept less pay for more work. The book emphasizes the need, in the face of these changes, for international co-ordination among national unions, and provides examples of where and how this has been achieved. The book argues that despite frequent hostility from traditionally pro-labour political parties and opposition on the part of union leaderships, the threatened demise of organized labour across the globe has been greatly exaggerated. The mid-1990s have witnesses an upsurge in workers‘ militancy. From France, Germany and Belgium to Korea, Canada and Brazil, the international labour movement has shown surprising resistance to the global re-organization of capital and the savage assaults of neo-liberal state policy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781859848678
Publisher: Verso Books
Publication date: 10/17/1997
Series: Haymarket Series
Pages: 350
Product dimensions: 6.36(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.20(d)

About 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.

Table of Contents

1. World-Class Working Class
Part I: Capital's Offensive
2. A Certain Kind of Globalization
3. North-South Divide: Uneven Development
4. Corporate Power and International Production
5. The Rise and Limits of Lean Production
Part II: Capital's Cops
6. Corporatism, Neoliberalism, Free Trade, and the State
Part III: Labor's Response
7. Pulled Apart, Pushed Together
8. Crisis of the Working Class
9. Looking South
10. Official Labor Internationalism in Transition
11. Rank-and-File Internationalism: The TIE Experience
Conclusion: Toward an International Social-Movement Unionism

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